Julienne Lusenge

JulienneLusenge_UNWomen_RLB_1108_1_675x450Julienne Lusenge was born in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A tireless and fearless advocate for justice, peace, and gender equality, she has founded, and leads, two separate NGOs. In 2001, she became the president/co-founder of SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development), an NGO working for the promotion of women’s and girls’ rights and on sexual and reproductive health in Eastern DRC. Born out of the need for broader women’s rights advocacy, she formed the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) in 2007 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director. FFC works on six distinct yet overlapping pillars of advocacy: women’s empowerment, women’s political leadership, conflict transformation, sexual and reproductive health/HIV/AIDS, climate justice and environmental protection, and sexual and gender-based violence. She is a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict Zones and is the Vice President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Ms. Lusenge received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International, and the 2018 International Women’s Rights Award from the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

“Women are the first victims of war, but only they hold the unique key to peace.” – Julienne Lusenge












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