NEWS: 16-hour event in solidarity with victims in the Congo

Shereen Rafea| Website Editor

On Friday, Nov.4, Journalists for Human Rights Concordia will host a 16-hour standing up marathon in solidarity with the 1.6 million rape victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although the civil war ended in 2003, the DRC has one of the worst rates of sexual violence in the world. Women, children and men are still raped everyday.

“The sheer numbers, the wholesale brutality, the culture of impunity — it’s appalling,” said John Holmes, the United Nations under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs.

This is where Holler day comes in. The marathon is a collaboration with other students groups in Concordia, such as UNICEF and Amnesty International. Holler day will have Human rights lectures, self-defence workshops ,a flash mob and more.

HollerDay challenges you to get out of your comfort zone and make as much noise as possible. Grab a megaphone. Sing. Poetry slam. Dance. HOLLER! The more people know about the terrible injustices in the DRC, coined “the rape capital of the world”, the more can and will be done about it.

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