DRC: Voices of Grassroots Congolese Women on the Crisis in the DRC

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V-Day’s latest V-Moment comes to us from eight Congelese who are working every day to end violence against women and girls in the DRC.
We are honored to have Jeanine Gabrielle Ngungu, Justine Masika Bihamb, Kongosi Onia Mussanzi, Chantal Moboni, Drocele Mugomoka, Nounou Booto Meeti, Lydia Masimango and Kenneth Enim Ampi share their words of strength, determination and faith with us."
Jeanine Gabrielle Ngungu: The Screams of Congolese Women
Jeanine Gabrielle Ngungu is a Congolese women's rights who is the Secretary General of Common Cause Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and member of the Congolese women’s Caucus. She advocates for women’s representation and participation in decision-making institutions and peace building in the DRC. She also acts as the focal point and coordinator for the ‘We Can’ Oxfam Novib campaign, which seeks to mobilize men and women to end violence against women. Jeanine is also an active member of the WILPF DRC group addressing violence against women.

Justine Masika Bihamba: The Nuclear Family, Base Of Our Society, No Longer Exists
Justine Masika Bihamba is the 2008 Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award winner. She works at Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles in North Kivu-Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kongosi Onia Mussanzi: Incurable Wounds And Scars Of Congolese Women
Kongosi Onia Mussanzi is an activist for the Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) for peace in Ituri and Kivus, DRC.

Chantal Moboni: Congolese Women- What Have You Done To Be Subjected To Such Treatment?
Chantal Moboni is the President of O.N.G A.FE.VA and Vice President of The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom DRC in Kinshasa.

Drocele Mugomoka: Our Most Important Aim Is To Challenge And End Impunity
Madame Mugomoka Mbonwa Drocele is the President of the Forum Congolais des Femmes Rurales. She is the focal point for The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in the east of the DRC and is a member of The International Action Network on Small Arms.

Nounou Booto Meeti: Violence Against Women And Small Arms
Nounou Booto Meeti is a journalist and human rights activist. She is a member of The International Action Network on Small Arms and The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (DRC).

Lydia Masimango: Support V-Day Actions - “Women Can”
Lydia Masimango is a legal adviser and human rights activist and is a member of The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in the UK and COMMON CAUSE UK.

Kenneth Enim Ampi: Violence Against Women In The Democratic Republic Of Congo
Kenneth Enim Ampi is a journalist and women’s rights activist. She works for Femmes des Médias pour la Justice au Congo in Kinshasha, DRC.

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17 August 2009

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