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Women's Voices Unite for Change in Congo

January 24, 2013

The Democratic Republic of Congo was recently dubbed 'a never-ending nightmare' by the New York Times, but over 200 Congolese grassroots women leaders---- self-identified as the Maman Shujaa, or 'Hero Women'---- have emerged from the shadows to organize a movement denouncing violence and demanding peace.They have utilized our platform to request a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, and the world is taking notice.

As the 20th African Union Summit kicks off this week, with Hero Women Neema Namadamu and Jeanette Ruhebuza taking their seats at the summit table, we invite you to experience their journey, grasp their vision, and meet the new faces of Congo.


Maman Shujaa are calling on you and women leaders at the White House---- to take immediate action in solidarity with the women of the Congo.
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Listening to the Voices of Congo's Women

From a homegrown Internet caf´┐Ż in Eastern DRC, 200 Congolese women leaders have come online for the first time. Meet six of these courageous survivors who each bring strong recommendations for moving DRC toward peace.

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Signaling Change in DRC: Survey Shows Women Ready to Lead

World Pulse polled 1000 women in DRC via text message to learn about the challenges and opportunities for women's leadership. Here's what they had to say.

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African Union Summit Statement

Right now, Maman Shujaa representatives Neema Namadamu and Jeanette Ruhebuza are in Addis Ababa taking their seats at the 20th African Union Summit. They are delivering a statement to world leaders, along with over 100 testimonies from women on the ground.

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VIDEO: Women Witness Congo

World Pulse partner Alliance for the Earth traveled to DRC to connect directly with the Maman Shujaa. In this video, you can witness first hand women's rising leadership and their compelling visions for change.

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Video Dispatches

In collaboration with Uhaki News, World Pulse produced eight videos from Congolese women journalists featuring women changemakers who are combating gender violence.
Martine Kalisa
Grassroots leader
Martine Kalisa

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Justice for Survivors of Violence

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Women's Health Center in Goma

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