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Eastern Libya Ban on Women Traveling Abroad Alone Spurs Outrage

By Donor Direct Action | Feb 24, 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…

Syrian women hone their leadership skills

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 29, 2016
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“We have a dream that Syria [when we] return [will be] better than it used to be,” said Dr. Mouna Ghanem, founder of the Syrian…

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.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, talks about peace and a feminist foreign policy

By Donor Direct Action | Jun 30, 2016
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“The empowerment of women and girls is a true example of smart politics,” said Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Foreign Minister. “Gender equality is not only about women’s rights but is a matter of ensuring peace and security for all,” she said, explaining that this is the starting point, the platform on which her country’s feminist foreign policy is based.

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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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“Women are more capable of achieving peace”

By Donor Direct Action | May 19, 2016
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“Women are more capable of achieving peace,” according to our partner, Mouna Ghanem of the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace. “If women were a critical mass in the delegations [at the Syrian talks], the negotiations would proceed much, much better.”

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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.

Nick Kristof interviews Dr. Denis Mukwege on Facebook Live

By Donor Direct Action | Apr 28, 2016
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Don’t miss – Nick Kristof talking with our partner Dr. Mukwege about his “incredibly brave work in Congo” on Facebook Live.