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2011 Human Rights Arts Festival , Pittsburgh PA

2011 Human Rights Arts Festival

Monday, April 11 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom, 4th Floor
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

It's that time of year again, Duquesne's Amnesty International is partnering with Pittsburgh Human Rights Network to present the 4th annual Human Rights Festival at Duquesne University!

This year's theme will focus on Violence Against Women, and more specifically women suffering sexual violence is conflict areas. We are so pleased to have Dr. Lee Ann De Reus join us at the event to speak on her work in the Democratic Republic of ...the Congo. Dr. De Reus is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State Altoona. She is the co-founder of the Panzi Foundation USA, whose mission is to raise awareness about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to raise funds for the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo. Lee Ann travels to the DRC annually and has helped contribute to much of its recent success. The Panzi hospital is one of only two hospitals in Eastern Congo that treats survivors of sexual violence. Since 1998, not only has over 3 million people been killed from the conflict, but tens of thousands of women have been brutally sexually assaulted. We want to raise awareness about this enormous issue in the DR Congo that seems to have only gotten worse. Dr. De Reus's work there and here in the United States has helped the Panzi Hospital continue its gracious medical care as well as help the women emotionally.

The entry fee to the event is $5.00 and all the proceeds will go directly to Dr. De Reus and the Panzi Foundation USA. The event will also include:

-Two bands, Spontaneo and The Rooftop Trio

-Art work that has been donated from people all over Pittsburgh, it will be raffled off at the event in a Chinese Auction

-There will be many other raffle prizes along with the art

-12-15 Non-profits and organizations from all over Pittsburgh tabling at the event.

-T-Shirt sales

-Fair trade vendors, Bead for Life and Mira Ethnicity, selling jewelry, handbags, wallets, and other cool stuff


-Henna Tattoos

We hope you can join us at the 4th annual Human Rights Arts Festival. Its a wonderful way to bring the community together for a great cause.

For more information on the Panzi Hospital please check out and for information on the Congo visit Enough Project's website,

The event is open to the public so please feel free to invite whom ever you wish. For more information contact Duquesne Amnesty at or the Pittsburgh Human Rights Network ( at


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