The efforts of Ibutwa were shared widely this past weekend at the Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium at UMass Amherst. Volunteers who work for the Champlain College Eco Rep program did a presentation on conflict minerals and explained their partnership with The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. We spoke about the Cultivating Conscious Consumers club and what we have been doing on campus to break the silence about sexual violence, both here in Burlington and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the rape capital of the world. Many students were shocked but eager to get their campuses started with conflict free initiatives.
Change Through Purchasing Power: Conflict Minerals presentation
Cultivating Conscious Consumers will be hosting a fundraiser this thursday at 6-7:30 in the auditorium for a guided sound meditation. Gongs, hand hammered Tibetan singing bowls and a didgeridoo will be used. We hope participants donate to our cause after feeling relaxed from the sound bath. Using holistic measure to heal, ranging from sacred sounds to dancing for resilience to integrating positive thinking with the use of affirmations, has been uplifting spirits on campus this semester and we are thankful that the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative has inspired up to share these measures with the Champlain College community.
link for event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1792857847659636/
So far, two sewing machines have been donated to expand the sustainable livelihood program, thanks to dedicated members of the club!
The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative is honored to have been featured in the local Seven Days newspaper for our dedication to supporting our brothers and sisters overseas from the bottom up. Both missions are publicly talking about rape culture in the hopes of preventing it from continuing by recognizing that it still exists.
“Champlain College juniors and roommates Samantha Segalas-Shaw and Lily Mason enthusiastically joined in the paper-making process, readily making connections between PPP's consciousness-raising efforts and their own. Both women volunteer with the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, an organization dedicated to helping women affected by gendered violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Segalas-Shaw noted that both VIBI and Panty Pulping are tools for "breaking the silence about sexual violence."
Info graphic about conflict minerals by Samantha Segalas-Shaw
Check out the Peace Paper Project for more details about their public intervention exhibits that break the silence about sexual violence through art therapy.
Learn more about panty pulping here: http://www.peacepaperproject.org/
Cleophace Mukeba, the founder of The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, joined the Panty Pulpers while they were in town to support survivors of sexual violence.