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The ‘rape capital of the world’? We women in Congo don’t see it that way

By Donor Direct Action | Oct 9, 2017
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“We do not see ourselves as the “rape capital of the world”. Instead, I agree with Liberia’s Nobel Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, who called my…

After decades of war, help brave Congolese women lay groundwork for peace

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 27, 2017
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The Congolese Women’s Forum for Peace and Security in Kinshasa, which brought together 65 women from all 26 provinces in the DRC, was coordinated by…

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Support Congolese women peacemakers

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 18, 2017
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65 Congolese women have come together for the first time to plan a more peaceful future for the DRC but need funding to move forward. Watch our video with Meryl Streep, Leymah Gbowee, Lena Dunham, Margot Wallström, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Navi Pillay and Gloria Steinem.

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Dr. Mukwege’s statement on June 19, International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

By Donor Direct Action | Jun 19, 2017
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Statement of Dr. Denis Mukwege on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict Bukavu  (19 June 2017) –…

Jane Fonda introduces the work of Synergie des Femmes

By Donor Direct Action | Mar 3, 2017
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Dr. Denis Mukwege highlighted in Time magazine article

By Donor Direct Action | Feb 15, 2017
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“Heroes often come from the most unlikely of places. Photographer Platon, known for his unflinching close-up portraits of presidents, dictators and other powerful icons of our era, found his in the surgical suites and recovery rooms of a small-town hospital in one of the most traumatized nations on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Women find refuge from sexual violence

By Donor Direct Action | Oct 31, 2016
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Thanks to generous donations from Donor Direct Action supporters, our partner Synergie des Femmes has opened a new women’s shelter in Goma, in the Democratic…

Synergie opens new women’s shelter in DRC

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 22, 2016
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Thanks to generous donations from Donor Direct Action supporters, our partner Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences has opened this new women’s shelter in…

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Dr. Denis Mukwege visits New York to promote democracy in DRC

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 20, 2016
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“Every day women and girls who have been raped and physically abused in horrendous ways come to my hospital for help,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege. “Many are girls under 10 years old.”

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Panzi Hospital

By Donor Direct Action | Jul 21, 2016
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Noting that important advances have been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo relating to impunity for sexual violence, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, warned of increased human rights violations as tensions rise in advance of forthcoming elections.


At Panzi hospital, the High Commissioner met with women survivors of sexual violence and with Dr. Denis Mukwege who has treated more than 40,000 victims.

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“Existing health systems are failing our women and girls,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege

By Donor Direct Action | May 23, 2016
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Obstetric fistula, all too common in the DRC yet virtually eradicated in the U.S. and Europe more than a hundred years ago, is an indication that existing health systems are failing women and girls, says the Founder and Medical Director of the Panzi Hospital and Foundations, Dr. Denis Mukwege.

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“Peace cannot be achieved at the expense of justice,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege in response to Beni massacres

By Donor Direct Action | May 17, 2016
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(Bukavu, DRC) Since early May, more than 50 people have been brutally massacred in Beni, in North Kivu Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Since October 2014, the death toll in Beni has risen to more than 600. Photographs of these atrocities of masses are unbearable: pregnant women disemboweled, mutilated infants, human beings trussed up and their throats slit with a knife.