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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Rhul Pussy Riot raises £96.93 for The Tatiana Giraud Foundation

by Hannah Bowers
After our event in 2011 in aid of Platform 51 we were delighted to be asked to put on another event for SURHUL's S.H.A.G (Sexual Health Awareness) Week 2012. We teamed up with the Art Soc and Amnesty Soc and threw a PUSSY RIOT Live Music/Open Mic night at the Stumble Inn on campus to raise money for the  Tatiana Giraud Foundation; supporting victims of rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We had live music from  Sam Winston, Rose Dutton,  Hannah Bowers, Anna Mikelsone, VP Communications & Campaigns officer Jamie Green and even some of RHUL’s very own belly dancers. The revelers had an amazing night; everyone was dancing in Amnesty’s brightly coloured stickers with their faces painted courtesy of ArtSoc - And let’s not forget the scrummy Riot Cakes donated by Unchained Baking which were sold to raise money for the Tatiana Giraud Foundation!

Overall, the night was a huge success raising £96.93 for the T G Foundation to help victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


[TW] The DRC has a long tragic history of war - a war in which rape is often used as a weapon to subjugate the populations of regions armies wish to control. A woman or girl is raped every 8 minutes in the DRC; some of whom have been left with broken bones, missing limbs and burnt flesh after these attacks. Men have been forced at gunpoint to rape their sisters, mothers and daughters. The T G Foundation, which became a registered charity in 2010, aims to actively contribute to the restoration of women, children, communities and families that have been victims of sexual violence in the DRC and to re-establish communities where women and children can be valued and respected.

The foundation does this by supporting various projects. One of which is the Gesom Hospital, which provides affordable treatment to help women who have suffered debilitating damage to their reproductive organs as a result of rape. The other is the Centre Kitumaini, which the T G Foundation has partnered with to fund an education and a food program which currently puts 100 children whose community and families have been affected by rape, through school and provides them with food. It’s amazing that such an awesome night has helped these women and children, who desperately need our support. If you want to donate to this wonderful charity, please do so by clicking here 


Just in case you missed the first ever live performance of Everwrit’s dub-step remix of my song Danger Danger you can hear it by clicking play below


Thanks again to everyone who made the night such a success and you can all view more pictures buy clicking here.  We are really looking forward to planning our next Pussy Riot and hope to see you there :) 


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