City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region plagued by an ongoing proxy war for the area’s vast mineral resources. As the regional conflict has played out since 1996, widespread political upheaval, displacement, disease and unimaginable sexual violence have ripped apart communities. While the devastation is deep, Congolese communities are moving forward with an eye on building a peaceful and equitable future.
City of Joy was conceived, is owned, and is run by Congolese, the center has flourished since it first opened its doors in 2011, healing women from their past trauma through therapy and life skills programming, while providing them with the essential ingredients needed to move forward in life love and community. It is supported by V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls founded by playwright Eve Ensler in 1998.
Women leaving the City of Joy have had the opportunity to heal from their emotional wounds, live in community, recognize their leadership potential and gain valuable skills they can apply to their lives, future ventures and engagement in civic life. The transformation is breathtaking. In a society that has for the most part rejected women survivors of violence it is extraordinary to see a group of women so empowered and determined.
You can support the work of City of Joy by donating today. The City of Joy would not be possible without the generosity of countless individuals. Your generous donation is the wind at their backs, helping young Congolese women transform their pain into power.
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