Stars for Darfur is a worldwide campaign to rally global voices working towards women’s rights, civil liberties and social equality to support our efforts and contribute to the restoration of dignity for genocide survivors and victims in Darfur. This project focuses on the engagement of our communities and features prominent individuals to commemorate those affected by the violence.
Following the success of our virtual 2020 Stars for Darfur Event, Darfur Women Action Group announced the decision to extend the Stars for Darfur campaign. The invitation to be a part of the movement is ongoing to any and all supporters. We encourage movement builders to reach out to friends, family, and their community to join us as we strive to empower affected communities and achieve meaningful inclusion and justice for victims.
The campaign’s inception began in 2010 when Italian musician Antonio Esposito and New York-based pianist, composer, and painter Mark Kostabi took an unprecedented initiative to support women empowerment and genocide victims in Darfur. The urgency to help Darfur refugees was set in motion after an eye-opening visit to Darfur. As a result, Antonio Esposito recorded organized a concert and recorded a CD to raise funds for our partner organization, Italians for Darfur to support education for internally displaced children in Darfur. The next year, Antonio Esposito and Mark Kostabi reached out to Darfur Women Action to become our top supporters.
The concept launched from there as an annual fundraising event to raise awareness of the mass-atrocities that have plagued Darfur for nearly two decades. Since 2012, Darfur Women Action Group has hosted charity concerts with live performances and art auctions with paintings by Mark Kostabi as well as handcrafted pieces made by Sudanese women who are eager to see their pieces invested back into their communities. All proceeds that are raised from the event go directly to aiding in the restoration of justice and an end to violence in Darfur.