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Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter of the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION-USA SPRING LUNCHEON and LECTURE

APRIL 21, 2018 AT 11:00 – 1:30
BELLE MEADE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
121 Davidson Road, 37205

“CONGO WOMEN ARISE”

PRESENTED BY REV. NEELLEY HICKS

Civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1994 and 2003 claimed five million civilian lives, making it the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II. Despite various peace agreements, violence in DRC is ongoing and civilians continue to be targeted, particularly in the eastern provinces. The ongoing violence takes many forms, including mass killings, rape as a weapon of war, and torture. Both government and rebel forces have been implicated in attacks on civilians.

 

The scale of human suffering in the DRC is beyond comprehension: 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance; two million children at risk of starvation – 12% of cases worldwide. The systematic sexual violence is so pervasive the DRC is known as the rape capital of the world.

 

Our speaker, Rev. Neelley Hicks, will address current issues and describe the actions of an organization she founded to help the survivors of these atrocities. This organization, Harper Hill Global, focuses on combating the stigma of rape in East Congo with an approach that integrates the Sustainable Development Goals with the social principles of religious networks. She will describe their inaugural project called “Congo Women Arise,” a partnership of United Methodists who are globally united to connect East Congo survivors to quality health services, provide counseling, supply transitional housing, and offer income-generating classes. The Rev. Hicks is a graduate of the Vanderbilt Divinity School, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and is a Director of global church initiatives.

 

Reservations Required by NOON Monday, April 16th

To reserve: email info@una-nashville.org or call 615-627-7352

Cost: $20, students $10

Pay at the door, by check or cash.

Limited student scholarships available, please inquire when reserving.

Vegetarian option available if requested at time of reservation.