City of Joy: Film screening and Q&A with human rights defender from the DRC
Justice and Peace Netherlands is inviting you to join the film screening of the documentary ‘City of Joy’ on the 20th of November 2018 at Het Nuthuis. The documentary will be introduced by human rights defender Arsène from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who is currently participating in the Shelter City programme. Arsène works as a human rights lawyer and defender, focusing largely on the rights of women and children in conflict. After the documentary there will be plenty of room for questions during the Q&A session with Arsène.
ABOUT THE FILM: Devastated by 20 years of violence, the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is often referred to as “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” This film brings a very different story from the region. CITY OF JOY follows the first class of women at a revolutionary leadership center in eastern DRC called City of Joy, from which the film derives its title, and weaves their journey as burgeoning leaders with that of the center’s founders (Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, women’s rights activist Christine Schuler Deschryver and radical feminist Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues) – three individuals who imagined a place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse can heal and become powerful voices of change for their country. A story about the profound resilience of the human spirit, CITY OF JOY witnesses Congolese women’s fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been stripped away.
ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ARSÈNE: Human rights defender Arsènecomes from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has personally met the founders of the City of Joy and is thus able to provide first-hand information from the field. As a human rights defender, Arsène focuses on the rights of victims of sexual and gender-based violence, the rights of the child, and peaceful conflict resolution.
ABOUT SHELTER CITY INITIATIVE: Arsène is currently a participant of the Dutch Shelter City Initiative, a country-wide initiative by Hague-based human rights NGO Justice and Peace Netherlands for human rights defenders at risk. The initiative temporarily relocates human rights defenders for a period of three months to one of the 11 Shelter Cities in the Netherlands, including The Hague, Amsterdam, Deventer, Groningen, Haarlem, Maastricht, Middelburg, Nijmegen, Tilburg, Utrecht and Zwolle. During their stay, they can continue their work in safety, expand their network, and receive vital security trainings.
REGISTER: Register your attendance here.