Run for Congo Women UK – is based on a concept started by Lisa Shannon in the US http://www.runforcongo.org. As well as running herself, Lisa wanted to get individuals and groups to run to raise awareness of what’s happening to women in the Congo and funds for Women for Women International’s http://www.womenforwomen.org programme in the Congo.
Now hundreds of runs, walks, cycles and swims take place all over the US.
And here’s why. In the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo children (from 2 months) to women (of up to 80 plus), are raped on average every two hours.
In the first three months of this year 9,500 have been raped, many have been gang raped and kept for days and weeks on end, before they are released, maimed or killed.
Women for Women International provide women with a safe space, counselling, help, training in vocational and business skills, help with literacy and numeracy and access to business loans, so they can rebuild their lives and support their families.
On the 3rd July, Women for Women International organised the first Run for Congo UK. It was an inspirational event with over 100 men and women, many of whom hadn’t run before, running to help women who had been traumatised and abused to help them rebuild their lives.
Here’s a link to the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MHUtSr1qZc
If you want to organise your own run, or join in the next run on 19th November in Greenwich, London, contact firstname.lastname@example.org