AFEM: Congo Radio Reporters Turn The Volume Up on Sexual Violence

The team in Bukavu, DRC


AFEM staff, Julienne

Women's eNews invites you to:

A conversation on the news media's coverage of violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Featuring: Chouchou Namegabe, founder of South Kivu Women's Media Association.

March 23
6 p.m.
In the NEW offices of
Women's eNews
6 Barclay Street,
at the foot of City Hall Park

In a conflict zone, where hundreds of thousands of women have been violated, South Kivu's Women Media Association gives the microphone to survivors. The airing of this harrowing testimony acts as a wake up call to communities that traditionally reject rape victims. Their work has received international recognition. Franchou Namegabe was recently awarded the Fern Holland Award by Washington-based Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Chouchou Namegabe is a founding member of South Kivu's Women Media Association. With Congo in and out of conflict, she found in radio the best means to educate her community and encourage them to bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. Namegabe trained as a journalist and producer at Radio Manedeleo, Bukavu's community station. She sees the training of women media professionals as a critical step towards a healthy democracy in DRC.

AFEM: South Kivu's Women Media Association is a non governmental organization grouping 42 women media professionals in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Created in 2003, AFEM aims to promote women's rights and development through media. The group leads radio listening groups in rural areas and airs educational programming to help de-stigmatize the thousands of women raped and mutilated in Congo's conflict.

Program Participants:
Her Excellency Faida Mitifu - Ambassador from the DRC to the United States
Mohamed Keita - Africa Researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists
Lisa Vives - Director of Global Information Network
Dominique Soguel, Women's eNews Arabic editor and correspondent

Reception and drinks will follow.
Create for a Cause tees will be available for purchase at the event.  All proceeds will go towards AFEM.

Our thanks to the Women's Media Center and Vital Voices for co-sponsoring this event.