fact: every nine seconds, a woman is beaten in the U.S. like this woman from des moines, who "had bruises on almost every part of her body caused by [her abuser] hitting, punching, kicking and pushing her over the past few weeks."
fact: in the Congo, it's much, much worse.
it all seems so inevitable, so overwhelming, so impossible to change, doesn't it?
but here's why i love eve ensler. in her recent HuffPo piece on the violence in the Congo, she suggests 10 actions we can ALL take to affect change...but the last two are so perfect, so applicable to us all, and so DO-ABLE.
9. Talk about the Congo everywhere you go
Be a pain in the ass. Ruin cocktail parties. Stop traffic. Give
sermons. Insert facts about Congo in every possible occasion, i.e., in response
to "How are you today?," you might say: "Well, I would be okay if women weren't
being raped in the DRC...."
Host teach-ins and screen V-Day's film Turning Pain to Power. Visit vday.org to access
10. Get angry and stop being polite
Feel what your sister, mother, grandmother, daughter, wife, girlfriend
would be feeling if she were being gang raped or held as a sex slave for years
or if her insides were destroyed by sticks and guns and she could never have
Feel feel feel.
Open yourself to feeling.
THAT'S what i'm trying to do with this blog...and hopefully i succeed, some of the time.