Winnie Tshilobo Matanda

Originally from South Kivu Province, Winnie lived through all the wars that ravaged eastern DRC that propagated rampant rape and violence against women and girls. Holding a BA in International Relations from the University of Bukavu and pursuing her Master’s degree in Development Studies at the Independent University of Kigali with an emphasis on Humanitarian Programs, she began her career with AFEM (Association des Femmes des Media),
a women’s media organization that promotes women’s rights. She shifted her focus to North Kivu Province to work on programs related to gender equality and equity, women’s leadership, peacebuilding through political participation and on women’s empowerment with AFEM in partnership with Alert International. She then joined Tearfund as Project Manager where she led the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative in Eastern DRC, specifically in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Advocating for women’s rights is Winnie’s personal and professional passion. She has worked on the digital platform, FemPo, which promotes the visibility of African women political leaders through the use of social media. Her dream to support Congolese women in achieving independence in their lives is being realized with her recent transition in 2019 to Program Assistant with the Fund for Congolese Women.

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