"Women, rise up"
May 9, 2013 by Aisha Bain
|Members of the Congolese women's collective Femmes Lèves-Toi (Women, Rise Up) Photo: Aisha Bain/IRC|
The women's collective Femmes Lèves-Toi (Women, Rise Up) is a force for change in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, starting at the community level. The International Rescue Committee's Aisha Bain recounts an inspiring meeting with its members, on the Huffington Post.
"I lived in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 and 2009, a challenging time rocked by earthquake and war. Almost every Congolese person I've talked to in North and South Kivu has a story about fear, pain and suffering. But I saw, experienced and lived much more than that. The people of this nation shared with me transcendent moments of resilience and triumph. This is the Congo everyone should know, the one characterized by the resourcefulness and hope of a strong people with endless potential.
My project with the IRC has given me the opportunity to do just this— act as a megaphone to spread the stories of these determined Congolese. In 2012, I returned to Congo as part of the IRC's project to advocate for effective change and transformation in the lives of women and girls."