Joint hearing of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs (Feingold) and the new Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues (Boxer), the first-ever committee to deal specifically with women’s issues worldwide. Boxer and Feingold will preside.
Melanne Verveer will be a powerful witness on this topic from the State Department; Eve Ensler founder of V-Day has worked on these issues for years; and 2009 Vital Voices Fern Holland Award recipient, Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu, brings a powerful and personal story of the horiffic acts of violence against women she has witnessed and covered in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This hearing is open to the public. (Source: Vital Voices)
Here is the official notice:
United States Senate
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
TO: ALL MEMBERS
HEARING: CONFRONTING RAPE AND OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN CONFLICT ZONES
SPOTLIGHT: DRC AND SUDAN
DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
The Honorable Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Department of State, Washington, DC
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu
Journalist, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Country Director of Southern Sudan
International Rescue Committee, Southern Sudan