Kelly Greenwood’s Last Day at the V-Day Africa Rising Summit in NairobiAugust 30, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Skoll Foundation principal Kelly Greenwood has had a very powerful experience at the V-Day Africa Rising Summit in Nairobi, and can’t wait to share it with us in a blog when she returns. Here’s what she’s told us so far:
“It has been an incredibly powerful experience, both in intensity and inspiration. Sixteen African countries are represented, including the DRC and Sudan. To ensure that all 46 participants are able to communicate effectively, live translations are being fed into headphones in four languages – English, Arabic, French, and Swahili.
The emphasis is squarely on empowerment, overcoming local taboos, and the ability to drive change across Africa. One such session focused on getting governments to respond to violence against women and included Martha Karua, a Member of Parliament in Kenya who is currently running for President. Dr. Denis Mukwege, doctor and founder of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC and past contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, spoke passionately about the need to increase men’s commitment to fighting violence against women.”
Here is the complete press release about the event, which the Skoll Foundation co-sponsored: http://www.vday.org/node/2951