Vosges Haut-Chocolat & V-DAY
Vosges Haut-Chocolat is proud to continue a decade long partnership with V-DAY to fight violence against women and girls worldwide. From November 7 - 18, 2011, Vosges Haut-Chocolat will donate $1 for every product purchased from our V-DAY Cause Collection to support V-DAY's City of Joy. It is a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat and V-DAY - Making a difference together
While at a salon in Paris, Katrina was flipping through a magazine and found an article about a woman who had been disfigured by acid for revealing too much skin. The horrific tale inspired her to find a way to make a difference for women enduring such atrocities. Though she was just starting her company, she contacted V-DAY and offered to help by sending donations and proceeds their way.
A decade later, Vosges Haut-Chocolat has grown as has the far-reaching efforts of V-DAY. Through the sales of certain chocolate collections, Vosges Haut-Chocolat has donated over $100,000 to V-DAY to assist them in their life saving efforts. This year, we are focusing on one of V-DAY’s newest causes, the City of Joy. Women who have survived terrible acts of violence will find the City of Joy a safe haven of healing.
The City of Joy
On February 4th, 2011, V-Day held the opening ceremony for the City of Joy, a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. City of Joy will provide up to 180 Congolese women a year with an opportunity to benefit from group therapy; self-defense training; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); economic empowerment; storytelling; dance; theater; ecology and horticulture and economic empowerment. Created from their vision, Congolese women will run, operate and direct City of Joy themselves.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls.
In Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, V-Day commits ongoing support to build movements and anti-violence networks. Working with local organizations, V-Day provided hard-won funding that helped open the first shelters for women in Egypt and Iraq; sponsored annual workshops and three national campaigns in Afghanistan; convened the "Confronting Violence" conference of South Asian women leaders; and donated satellite-phones to Afghan women to keep lines of communication open and action plans moving forward. V-Day was instrumental in the founding of Karama, a program working in Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon that works to build upon and strengthen efforts to end violence against women by bringing together local women's organizations and other civil society groups in collaboration, analysis and advocacy at national, regional and international levels.
In 2001, V-DAY was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities," in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits. In eleven years, the movement has raised over $85 million.
Images of the opening of City of Joy courtesy of Paula Allen.