Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Jeremy Corbyn MP
and the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa
in cooperation with the Million Women Rise coalition
invites you to attend
A Million Women Rise
a presentation of findings from World March for Women in
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wednesday, 4 May 2011, 18h00-19h30
Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, Parliamentary Estate, London
RSVP: Jane Gregory,
The Million Women Rise coalition will present the findings of their recent trip to the DRC during the Third International Action of the World March of Women that involved women from 48 countries and an estimated 1500 women notably from all over Africa.
In advance of the DRC Presidential elections planned for the end of this year, this meeting will address the realities of sexual and gender-based violence for Congolese women as well as strategies for ending impunity for these crimes.
Speakers will include:
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP (chair)
  • Sabrina Qureshi, founder of MWR and member of London Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Kongosi Mussanzi, CRC and Common Cause UK
  • Marie-Claire Faray, UK WILPF and member of Common Cause UK
  • Jane Gregory, Vice Chair of Rape Crisis (England & Wales)
The Million Women Rise Coalition is a diverse group of individual women and women representatives from who are united by their outrage at the continued daily, hourly, minute-by-minute violence enacted against women worldwide.
The British delegation of Million Women Rise (MWR) who attended the March in Bukavu also attended meetings with women across the DRC in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Mwenga. They talked with women’s rights activists, women representing armed groups, the police, the Congolese army and female politicians from various political groups and experiences. The UK delegation also met with the Congolese Minister for Justice and the British Ambassador to DRC.
The delegation received support and solidarity from members of their respective organisations, from the London Feminist Network, Roshni, the Women and Girls Network, the Centre for the Resolution of Conflict in Bradford and the Women’s Resource Centre. Many individual women in the UK including MPs, academics and UK officials gave their personal backing to the British delegation solidarity visit.
RSVP: Jane Gregory,

We have a film of our trip to Congo which has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival -Short film Corner 2011: "CONGO - A Common cause - From London to Bukavu".The film is available in various format: 3 minutes, 15 minutes or a 40 minutes version, including translation in English, French and Lingala.

Here is a preview of the film:

Here is the film website at Cannes short film corner: