Monday, March 3, 2014
ACU Peace Conference Highlights
About PeaceWalk for Congo Women
We can't help but be inspired by Lisa Shannon's mission to help women in the Congo. PeaceWalk for Congo Women is an effort to support Lisa's work and create awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Congo. All proceeds from PeaceWalk go to support Run for Congo Women. PeaceWalk will begin at Hunter Welcome Center at 4:00 p.m. and take place on ACU's Lunsford Trail.
$95 - Conference and PeaceWalk
Includes all-day pass to the the ACU Peace Conference and $25 towards the PeaceWalk for Congo Women.
$25 - PeaceWalk (only)
If you aren't able to attend the ACU Peace Conference, but still want to participate in the PeaceWalk for Congo Women (and get a free t-shirt), this ticket is for you.
About Lisa Shannon
“It's never too late to change the world—or yourself.” - Lisa Shannon
Lisa Shannon had what many would consider a good life—a successful company, a fiance, security. But one day, while watching Oprah, she was awakened to the atrocities in the Congo: women gang-raped
and demoralized, millions dead from the worst war since World War II. She decided, at that moment, to become an activist and a sister. As the first grassroots activist in the U.S. working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, often called “the worst place on earth to be a woman,” she began with a lone 30-mile run. From there she founded Run for Congo Women and penned the striking book, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman.
In her early 30's, Lisa Shannon rekindled her lapsed idealism. At Run for Congo Women, Shannon has sponsored more than a thousand Congolese women through Women for Women International, where she is an ambassador. (The money goes to help them obtain an education.) In 2007 and 2008 and 2010, Shannon visited with women in the Eastern Congo. Rather fittingly, her appearance on an episode of Oprah dedicated to the greatest moral imperative of our time: the empowerment of women worldwide. With Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, she was ranked as one of Oprah's most inspiring moments of 2009, and was named one of Oprah's 100 Most Influential Women in 2010. Shannon has been profiled in The New York Times, on NPR, CNN, ABC,Time, and many others. Her incredible story will be featured in Daniel Karslake's upcoming documentary Every Three Seconds, slated for premiere at the 2012 Sundance Festival. Lisa Shannon's new project, Sister Somalia, was profiled on the front page of The New York Times recently.
A very special thank you to all of our co-sponsors.