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Challenging injustice for vulnerable women

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Claudine Tsongo ‘Without justice, we will never move forward in Congo. Without accountability and the rule of law, the Congolese people – and above all, Congolese women - will never be able to realize their full potential.’ I’m a lawyer and I’ve seen first-hand how Congolese women, particularly those from rural areas, are disadvantaged and discriminated against by our justice system. Limited access to legal services is an obstacle to progress and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I wanted to be a lawyer for as long...

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Amplifying women’s voices in Congo

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Chouchou Namegabe ‘Women’s rights are human rights. The fundamental liberties of women must be respected and defended, both in Congo and around the world. When those rights are violated, we all have a responsibility to be bold and to reject inequality.’ Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face enormous challenges. Many are forced into manual labor, do not have the right to own land or property, have limited access to opportunities for socioeconomic development, or are subject to gender-based discrimination and violence. What’s more, we ...

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Changing Lives Through Basketball

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Dario Merlo Sport can teach life values and build the foundations of a successful society. I passionately believe that the same skills that allow you to succeed on the sports field – team spirit, hard work, composure and sharing – allow you to succeed in life. This is all the more true for basketball. With just five players from your team on the court, you have to be a team player if you want to succeed. Through basketball coaching, we harness the dynamic impact that sports can have on children and build responsible citizens and future leaders. We also p...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Featured

We Came Back with Empty Hands

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Felicien Maisha As a nurse at HEAL Africa hospital in Goma, I experienced the human consequences of war on a daily basis. Vulnerable populations, including women and children, have been disproportionately affected by the fighting in eastern Congo. I saw children as young as seven years old pass through the hospital, often suffering from physical injuries and mental illness as a result of their experiences as child soldiers. I joined Eastern Congo Initiative last year to address and better understand the underlying factors that make children vulnerable to recruitment...

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Vibrant arts festival in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Sekombi Katondolo Speaking to my friends living abroad over the Christmas period, many were surprised to hear that I spent December watching rap battles, acrobats and fire-eaters in Goma – a city most people tend to associate more with conflict and poverty. Around a month ago, we launched the Buzz Art Festival – a week-long celebration of local talent in arts and culture. With a series of music concerts, modern and traditional dance classes, and art exhibitions, we sought to promote and support some of the incredibly talented young artists here in easter...

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