Why It’s Needed

Violence against women impacts one out of three women on the planet. That is over one billion women and girls who will be survivors during their lifetimes. This violence destroys women, which destroys life itself, which in turn eradicates our communities and our future. V-Day works to stop the violence, but to also turn the pain that is caused by violence into power – harnessing the pain that survivors live with and transforming it into a force for good.

The City of Joy provides an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate women’s leadership in the context of conflict and disaster zones. While this work requires an approach specific to the cultural and political climate of a given location – one that is determined by those it will be serving – V-Day believes it can learn a great deal from its experience in the DRC that can be applied to its work globally.

Each day at the City of Joy is a lesson.