Speeches

Please find below a small selection of speeches by Stephen Lewis. Mr. Lewis makes dozens of speeches a year, many of which are not directly related to his role as Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This is a small collection of speeches he has made recently about the AIDS epidemic and related issues.

These speeches may be reprinted, distributed, quoted, or copied as long as it is not for commercial use and they are properly sourced.

To browse older speeches, click on a year from the list on the right.

Remarks by Stephen Lewis, delivered at the 10th Annual V-Day Celebrations

Remarks by Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, delivered at the 10th Annual V-Day Celebrations

April 14, 2008


10th Annual V-Day Celebrations, New Orleans, LA

Today is a day that has largely — and rightly — been given over to Dr. Mukwege and his astonishing and heroic work in the Congo. Driving the work is the endlessly grim and despairing litany of rape and sexual violence. All of us assembled in the Superdome, talk of V-Day and the Vagina Monologues; in the Congo there’s a medical term of art called ‘vaginal destruction.’ I need not elaborate; you’ve heard Dr. Mukwege. But suffice to say that in the vast historical panorama of violence against women, there is a level of demonic dementia plumbed in the Congo that has seldom, if ever been reached before.

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