Discours de Madame la Directrice, (Assemblée générale, 71e session, Dialogue de haut niveau)

@UN Secretary-General @AntonioGuterres & Julienne @LusengeJ @sofepadi/@ffcrdc

Congolese #women are dedicating their lives for #peace

Women hold the unique key to #peace – #CivSoc speaker @LusengeJ at #sustainingpeace event.

Message de Femmes de l’Est de la RDC… @ffcrdc @sofepadi- @LusengeJ

Message de la popluation de l’Est de la RDC… @ffcrdc @sofepadi

Meet the 2016 Ginetta Sagan Award Winner: Julienne Lusenge

 

julinne lusenge Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” — Ginetta Sagan 

This year we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Ginetta Sagan Fund (GSF), an Amnesty International USA program through which we are privileged to honor and assist remarkable women from around the world who are changing the lives of millions for the better. Our awardees have included women whose work has shaped their local and global worlds, women who have often put their own lives on the line to defend the rights of others.

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Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in DRCongo

 

 

JulienneLusenge_UNWomen_RLB_1108_1_675x450Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: ....

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A tireless advocate for women in a country where rape is used as a “strategy of war,” activist Julienne Lusenge counsels her community ...

 

Julienne lusenge in new York

 

When war erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1998, Julienne Lusenge was working as a humanitarian radio broadcaster tasked with delivering critical health and human rights information to families in remote areas. In the course of her work, Julienne travelled from village to village to interview wives and mothers about their lives and share their stories over the airwaves. As the conflict escalated, these women began describing shocking abuses perpetrated by the warring parties—including rape, sexual slavery and the forced recruitment of children as soldiers. 

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From the Congo to the UN: ‘Hear the Cries of Women and Girls’

 

BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - OCTOBER 12, 2015: Julienne Lusange visiting beneficiaries of her organization SOFEPADI October 12, 2015 in Beni, Dmecratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik)In the developed world, women fought and struggled to gain their rights and eventually created a space in which these rights could be expressed. Violence does indeed occur in the developed world, but it cannot be compared to what is happening in countries that are plagued with persistent, systematic conflict. Women in the developed world are informed and educated about their rights and the channels for recourse and justice. In developing countries, most women are illiterate, so they do not have this information or the means to acquire it.

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Meet Julienne Lusenge, Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Julienne-Lusenge-300x200Meet Julienne Lusenge : Julienne is the President of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), a coalition of 40 women’s organizations in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SOFEPADI works to defend and protect women’s rights and provide support to survivors of sexual violence by advocating for justice. Julienne works tirelessly to manage the coalition as it fights for an end to sexual violence in the DRC.

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First international conviction for mass rape raises hopes in DRC

 

ffc02Congolese activist Julienne Lusenge, who leads the Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development, told Women's eNews in November 2015 that many rape convictions in the DRC are happening through locally operated "mobile courts" that rove the countryside—not the ICC. "We [the DRC] were like a guinea pig," she said. "The court needs to change now."

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Meet Julienne Lusenge, Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Julienne lusenge in new York

 

Women-led groups in the African Great Lakes region are demanding a more active and integral role in on-going peace processes, a female activist has said.

Julienne Lusenge from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a member of the Women's Platform for Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework backed by the UN.

As the head of a peace movement called SOFEPADI, she has braved death many times, fighting to stop violence against women in areas where armed groups operate.

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Congo’s soccer players get cars. Its rape victims get nothing, March 30, 2016

 

BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - OCTOBER 12, 2015: Julienne Lusange visiting beneficiaries of her organization SOFEPADI October 12, 2015 in Beni, Dmecratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik)In 20 years of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reports of mass rape have become depressingly commonplace — and so has the utter lack of justice for the women being violated. Which is why a 2006 decision by a court in Congo’s northeastern Equateur province to pay reparations to at least some of the victims of a mass rape that occurred in a place called Songo Mboyo came as such welcome news to so many. But what at first appeared to be a chance for actual healing in a country grappling with deep physical and psychological scars ultimately proved to be the worst kind of bait and switch.

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