Fifth Annual Women for Women “Run for Congo Women” to take place September 24th on Roosevelt Island

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Proceeds from 5K run benefit women in warn torn African nation

Women for Women International today announced its 5th annual “Run for Congo Women” event in New York City. The run benefits women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country which has been home to the world's deadliest conflict since World War II. Since 1998, 5.4 million people have died and Congolese women have lived through rape, torture and dire poverty.

New York City run organizer Amy Ng Thow Hing says when she’s running, “I imagine it were me, or my mom or my sister, and what it must feel like to know people can see what’s happening and turn a blind eye. To do nothing is to stand alongside the tormentors.” Nearly 6,000 people have taken place in “Run for Congo Women” events around the world, raising over $1 million.

The ongoing war has also meant the majority of women in the DR Congo have lost their husbands, brothers and children. To help women there, “Women for Women International” opened an office in 2004 and has since helped over 47,000 women through job creation, education and empowerment. “Run for Congo Women” is an important necessity to continue helping women in one of the deadliest countries in the world.

Today over 10,000 Congolese women are currently enrolled in our year-long program, learning job skills to earn a sustainable income, gaining an awareness of their rights, and receiving direct financial assistance to get back on their feet. “Run for Congo Women” on Roosevelt Island is a way to ensure their futures continue to improve. To register today & find more information about the run, visit this link: http://rfcwNYC2011.kintera.org/

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