Advocating change for women in Congo: Grassroots activists head to the United States
July 11, 2014 by
Séraphine Nsekanabo Musanga and Marie Jeannette Nabintu M’Mirindi pause outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. after a meeting at the State Department. Séraphine received the InterAction Humanitarian Award for her work with women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Meredith Hutchison/IRC
Dr Jill Biden (l.) and the IRC's Aissatou Baldé congratulate top performing students in Bukavu, eastern Congo. Dr Biden flew to Bukavu on Saturday as part of her three-nation tour of Africa focused on highlighting education and other issues facing women and girls. Photo: Christof Kurz/IRC
Twelve-year-old Charmante told the IRC her dream is to become a teacher. She shows a student how to hold a pencil properly during her Vision Not Victim Project photo shoot in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meredith Hutchison/The IRC
Daring to Defy: Acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario shows how women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are becoming powerful agents of change in their communities, with help from the IRC. More on this project: Rescue.org/Defy
These are the voices of women in the Central African Republic. Since 2013 the already unstable country has desceded into chaos and become engulfed by sectarian violence. Approiximately 120,000 people have fled the country since December. Reports of sexual violence have increased dramatically.
"The International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates that as many as 1,000 refugees a week are crossing the border into Niger's Diffa region. Four out of five are women and girls. The IRC estimates that if the violence continues in northern Nigeria, up to 100,000 refugees could be living in Diffa by the end of the year."