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Congolese Activist Addresses UN Security Council on Path To Peace

By Donor Direct Action | Jul 31, 2018
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Although it has been proven time and time again that peace building is more sustainable when women are actively involved, in practice this has rarely…

Speech by Justine Masika Bihamba to UN Security Council, July 26th 2018

By Donor Direct Action | Jul 31, 2018
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Speech by Justine Masika Bihamba to UN Security Council, July 26th 2018 Mr. President, Excellencies, Good morning. I would like to thank the Swedish ambassador…

DRC civil society pushes to change electoral law to promote gender inclusion

By Donor Direct Action | Feb 8, 2018
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Civil society organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are arguing that a recently passed law discriminates against women by setting up financial barriers.…

The Doctor Who’s Saved 46,000 Congolese Women — and Isn’t Done Yet

By Donor Direct Action | Jan 4, 2018
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When Dr. Denis Mukwege was still a child, his father, a pastor, would take him on pilgrimages to visit the sick in Bukavu, a city…

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We risk our lives for peace

By Donor Direct Action | Dec 13, 2017
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I was born in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country fraught with security challenges and an unstable…

We pressed pause the day we had to leave Syria. The shock never goes away

By Donor Direct Action | Nov 27, 2017
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I am a medical doctor and a proud Syrian woman. I was born and grew up in Damascus. We stayed for as long as we…

Peace in Syria might finally be possible, if women are included

By Donor Direct Action | Oct 25, 2017
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After close to half a million deaths estimated in Syria and with no end to violence in sight, we all want to see peace. Extremist…

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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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