21 April 2016

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Contact: Darcy Ataman, +1 204-298-0119, darcy@makemusicmatter.org

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Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital and Foundations, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Named to Time 100 List of Most Influential People in the World

 

(New York, NY) TIME named Panzi Founder, Dr. Denis Mukwege, PhD, to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The girls and women of Congo, and survivors of sexual and gender based violence in every corner of the world, have a champion. Dr. Denis Mukwege is a pioneer of medical and psychosocial healing, integrated with education and vocational training, safe transitional housing, legal assistance, and social, familial, and community reintegration.

His tireless efforts on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in the world inspires, and informs our work with our colleagues at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC.

“Make Music Matter is proud to be a partner with Dr. Mukwege and Panzi Foundations for our innovative Music Therapy Program, implemented with the support of the staff at Maison Dorcas.

While Dr. Mukwege heals survivors physically we are able to work with survivors, vulnerable women, children and Panzi staff to use the healing power of music to recover psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually from traumatic past experiences” says Darcy Ataman, Make Music Matter Founder and CEO.

The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at time.com/time100.

 

Follow us on Twitter @mmm_org and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/makemusicmatter using #PanziStrong and #FemmeForte and @TIME for updates about the list on Twitter, facebook.com/TIME and Instagram using #TIME100

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Make Music Matter is hosting Right Her Future: an evening of dialogue and music on March 27 to raise funds for the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Make Music Matter is honoured to invite you to an evening featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege, LGen (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Samantha and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. Musical performance by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo.

Make Music Matter would like to thank the following sponsors for making it possible for Manitobans to stand with the women of the Panzi Hospital:

 

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In the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), repeated cycles of conflict have contributed to its unfortunate notoriety of being branded as the worst place in the world to be a woman. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Panzi Hospital is a beacon of hope and refuge for survivors of sexual gender-based violence. The international community has awarded Dr. Mukwege numerous accolades for his work as well as multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now it is time for Manitobans to stand with the women of Panzi Hospital in their struggle for dignity and healing.

For the first time ever, March 27, 2014, the founder of the Panzi Hospital Dr. Denis Mukwege will be in Winnipeg for this special evening of dialogue and music, which features an impressive line-up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guest performer Jim Cuddy. Sum 41‘s Cone McCaslin, Billy Talent‘s Ian D’Sa and local Congolese performers will also be featured.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000

Winnipeg, MB – March 3, 2014 – Make Music Matter Inc. today confirmed two new guest performers for the “Right Her Future – Manitobans Standing with the Women of Panzi Hospital” fundraising event, which will take place at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on March 27th, 2014.

In addition to featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege from Panzi Hospital, retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire from the Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr. Samantha Nutt founder of War Child North America, Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent and Cone McCaslin of Sum 41 will be joining Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy onstage for a special guest appearance during his musical set.

This special evening of dialogue and music features an impressive line up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guests, including local Congolese performers and will be raising funds for the victims of extreme sexual violence at Panzi Hospital, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The ‘Right Her Future’ event starts at 8 p.m. on March 27th, 2014. Ticket information available at Ticketmaster or call 1‐855‐985‐5000.

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For more information or interviews, contact:

Joëlle Saltel

Au Courant Consultants

joelle@aucourantconsultants.ca

(204) 282-­‐2747

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‘RIGHT HER FUTURE’ TICKETS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR FUNDRAISING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF SURVIVORS OF EXTREME VIOLENCE IN WAR-TORN CONGO: AXWORTHY

Featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege from Panzi Hospital, retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire from the Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr. Samantha Nutt founder of War Child North America and performance by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy

Winnipeg, MB – Make Music Matter Inc. and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy today announced tickets will be going on sale tomorrow for the “Right Her Future – Manitobans Standing with the Women of Panzi Hospital” fundraising event, which will take place at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on March 27th, 2014.

For the first time ever, the founder of the Panzi Hospital Dr. Denis Mukwege will be in Winnipeg for this special evening of dialogue and music, which features an impressive line-up of humanitarians, dignitaries and special guest performer Jim Cuddy. Local Congolese performers will also be featured.

“I believe that it is important to honour Dr. Mukwege and the women he cares for by showing support for the fundraising concert ‘Right Her Future’,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Honourary Chair of fundraising efforts. “I would also like to thank other generous donors, such as CUPE, who have been instrumental in supporting this worthy cause.”

“CUPE is proud to have supported Dr. Mukwege’s Panzi Hospital by presenting the ‘Right Her Future’ initiative with a $10,000 donation,” announced Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “CUPE members have given us a strong mandate to raise awareness of violence against women, here and around the world. We all have a role to play to ensure safety and equality for all.”

Since the Panzi Hospital opened its doors in 1999, thousands of victims of extreme sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been given a chance to heal in safety.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Panzi Hospital and will not only aid the women to return to their normal lives but in-turn help the entire country itself stabilize and grow.

The ‘Right Her Future’ event starts at 8 p.m. Ticket information available at Ticketmaster.

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For more information or interviews, contact:

Joëlle Saltel – Au Courant Consultants

joelle@aucourantconsultants.ca or (204) 282-2747

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BILLETS BIENTÔT DISPONIBLES POUR « UNE VOIE POUR LEUR AVENIR », COLLECTE DE FONDS PORTANT APPUI AUX SURVIVANTS DE LA VIOLENCE SEXUELLE EXTRÊME AU CONGO DÉCHIRÉ PAR LA GUERRE : AXWORTHY

En vedette : Dr Denis Mukwege de Panzi Hospital, Roméo Dallaire, général de corps d’armée retraité de Child Soldiers Initiative, Dr Samantha Nutt, fondatrice de War Child North America ainsi que Jim Cuddy de Blue Rodeo en spectacle

Winnipeg (MB) – Make Music Matter Inc. et Dr Lloyd Axworthy ont annoncé aujourd’hui que la vente de billets pour l’événement ‘Une voie pour leur avenir – Les manitobains aux côtés des femmes de l’Hôpital de Panzi’ seront en vente dès demain. La soirée collecte de fonds aura lieu au Pantages Playhouse Theatre le 27 mars 2014.

Dr Denis Mukwege, fondateur de l’Hôpital de Panzi, sera à Winnipeg pour la première fois pour participer à cette soirée spéciale de dialogue et de musique qui met en vedette une brochette impressionnante d’humanitaristes, de dignitaires ainsi que l’artiste invité spécial Jim Cuddy. Des artistes Congolais locaux participeront également.

« Je trouve qu’il est important de mettre Dr Mukwege à l’honneur ainsi que les femmes qu’il soigne en démontrant de l’appui pour le concert collecte de fonds ‘Une voie pour leur avenir’, » a dit Dr Lloyd Axworthy, Président honoraire des efforts de la collecte de fonds. « J’aimerais également remercier nos donateurs généreux, tels que SCFP, qui ont joué un rôle important en démontrant leur appui pour cette cause méritante. »

« SCFP est fier d’avoir pu appuyer l’Hôpital de Panzi du Dr Mukwege en lui présentant un don de 10 000$ pour l’initiative ‘Right Her Future’, » a annoncé Paul Moist, le Président national du Syndical canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP). « Les membres du SCFP nous ont donné un mandat for pour élever la sensibilité par rapport à la violence contre les femmes, ici et partout dans le monde. Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour atteindre la sécurité et l’égalité pour tous. »

Depuis que l’Hôpital de Panzi a ouvert ses portes en 1999, des milliers de victimes de violence sexuelle extrême de la République démocratique du Congo de l’Est ont eu la chance de pouvoir guérir en toute sécurité.

Tous les fonds recueillis lors de l’événement seront offerts à l’Hôpital de Panzi non seulement pour aider les femmes à pouvoir retourner à leurs vies normales mais aussi pour aider au pays entier à pouvoir se stabiliser et grandir.

L’événement ‘Une voie pour leur avenir’ débute à 20h. Pour de l’information sur les billets, contacter Ticketmaster.

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Pour plus d’informations ou des entrevues, contacter :

Joëlle Saltel – Au Courant Consultants

joelle@aucourantconsultants.ca ou (204) 282-2747

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By Jaime Cundy

Few people in this world would give up their own personal freedom and safety in order to help others. Fewer people would be able to do so in a country that is riddled with civil war and corruption. Fewer still would be able to do so with a smile, and a belief that things can and will get better.

Dr. Denis Mukwege does just that, each and every day at the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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The DRC is a country located in central Africa. It has been in a state of conflict since the second Congo war began in early 1998. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting has continued, particularly in the east of the country. This war has been declared one of the world’s deadliest, with over 5.4 million people killed since 1998.

The fighting continues to this day, and is generally focused around the right to control the country’s vast mineral wealth. Despite having one of the lowest GDPs in the world, in terms of mineral wealth, the DRC is considered to be one of the world’s richest countries; it has approximately $24 trillion (USD) in untapped resources. Resources worth killing over. Most notably, the DRC has a rich supply of the mineral coltan (70% of the world’s supply), a mineral highly valued for use in the high-tech cell phone and computer industry.

The conflict in the DRC has resulted in the country being called ‘the worst place in the world to be a woman’. This is largely due to the high rates of sexually based violence and sexual assault being used as a weapon of war.

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Panzi Hospital and its director Dr. Denis Mukwege have been operating on survivors of sexual violence for over a decade. One of only two doctors in the world who are qualified to perform the delicate reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mukwege has personally performed hundreds of thousands surgeries. For his work, and for his refusal to stay silent on the issue, Dr. Mukwege has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded the 2008 UN Human Rights Award.

The hospital is operating at full capacity and its borders continuously have to evolve. Once the women who are at the hospital are physically well, they often have no place to go. They are displaced and ostracized from their home communities… And so they stay at the hospital. To add to the already soul-crushing reality, many of these women become pregnant from the assault and these children also have no community to return to and live at the hospital.

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Despite the media attention and celebrity focus it has received over the past few years, Panzi Hospital is still facing a shortage of money, supplies, and resources to expand its base of qualified personnel.

Make Music Matter is in the process of setting up an innovative Music Enrichment Program as part of Panzi’s aftercare facility. After Dr. Mukwege has restitched them physically, Make Music Matter works to use music to restitch their souls.

While the story of the DRC and Panzi Hospital may on the surface appear to be all doom and gloom, there is another story that is just as prevalent. The women of Panzi are some of the most resilient, most hopeful people on the planet.  They want the world to know that they are not defined by what has happened to them, they are defined by their ability to come back from it.

Make Music Matter and Panzi Foundation USA have come together in support of Panzi Hospital for a night of music and inspiration. Dr. Mukwege will be speaking in Winnipeg for the first time at an event chaired by Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, on March 27, 2014. Details to come. Click here to read the press release.

Graffiti Art Programming is also partnering with Make Music Matter and Panzi Foundation USA by sponsoring an art exhibit that will be open from March 10th to April 10, 2014 at Graffiti Art Programming, 109 Higgins Ave, Winnipeg.

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November 4, 2013

CANADIANS REACHING OUT TO VICTIMS OF EXTREME SEXUAL ABUSE IN WAR-TORN CONGO

The Launch of a Special Fundraising Effort with Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Make Music Matter, Graffiti Art and the Panzi Foundation to Help Women & Families Rebuild Their Lives

In the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), repeated cycles of conflict have contributed to its unfortunate notoriety of being branded as the worst place in the world to be a woman. A recent report in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that nearly 2 million women have been raped and the need for intervention, protection, rehabilitation and reintegration programs is overwhelming. Faced with the brutal realities of war in the DRC, where rape has become a weapon of terror, Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in 1999 as a safe refuge and a medical treatment facility.

The international community has awarded Dr. Mukwege numerous accolades for his work, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award, the UN Human Rights Prize and the French Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, as well as multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. As welcome as they are, these awards can’t help women return to normal lives and bring up their children free of fear after they leave the hospital.

On March 27, 2014, Dr. Mukwege will be in Winnipeg at the Pantages Playhouse for the first time ever for an evening of music and inspiration. Funds will be collected to help support the Panzi Hospital. More details will be made available in the coming months.

Honourary Chair Dr. Lloyd Axworthy will be chairing the fundraising efforts. The evening is being organized by Make Music Matter, a non-governmental organization founded by Winnipeg music and film producer Darcy Ataman and Peter Frantz, executive director of Panzi Foundation USA whose organizations both work at the Panzi Hospital.

“It is critically important that the global community continue to speak out against the ongoing abuse of girls and women, and work to eliminate the widespread misogyny that underpins this violence,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Honourary Chair of fundraising efforts.”

“Make Music Matter is proud to work alongside Dr. Mukwege to bring the Music Enrichment Program to the Panzi Hospital,” said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO for Make Music Matter Inc. “Music has been proven to help heal the emotional scars of war and it can also be used to inspire others to get involved and we hope that Manitobans will support this very worthy cause.”

Since the Panzi Hospital opened its doors, thousands of physically injured and emotionally traumatized women have been given a chance to heal in safety,” said Christine Melnick, MLA for Riel. “I am proud to support the on-going work of Darcy Ataman and Make Music Matter in their efforts to assist Dr. Mukwege’s work to help the women of the DRC build new lives for themselves and their children.”

The Graffiti Art Programming is also partnering with Make Music Matter and the Panzi Foundation by sponsoring an art exhibit that will be open from March 21st to April 10, 2014 at the Graffiti Art Programming, 109 Higgins Ave.

“It is our passionate belief that the visual arts play a vital and meaningful role by inspiring discussion and dialogue regarding the compelling issues facing the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Steve Wilson, executive director of the Graffiti Gallery. It is our hope that through this art show, youth from across North America will become actively engaged in supporting this critical cause.”

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For more information or interviews, contact:

Joëlle Saltel

Au Courant Consultants

joelle@aucourantconsultants.ca

(204) 282-2747

By: Carol Sanders
Posted: 06/13/2011

Musician heading to Congo to help

They say music has charms to soothe the savage breast, but can it change a child who was raised to kill?

Winnipeg’s Darcy Ataman is going to the Democratic Republic of Congo where child soldiers are being rehabilitated to find a way to help.

Changing abnormal behaviour isn’t easy, but the music producer’s learned the dream of having a song on the radio can transcend everything, everywhere.

“Everyone wants to be a rock star,” said the 36 year old who founded the organization Song for Africa and leaves on his seventh trip to the continent June 20.

Ataman, who’s working with the University of Winnipeg’s Global College, is going to Congo with a researcher from Sen. Romeo Dallaire’s Child Soldiers Initiative that’s trying to put a stop to the use of kids for killing. more