In a country that has been deemed one of the worst places to be a woman, girls, women and men walked together, proudly bearing banners and marching to the beat of drums to celebrate International Women’s Day. “Over 2000 women joined forces in Mumosho. It was wonderful,” wrote Amani, Action Kivu’s/ABFEK’s leader, who has been working with the communities in Kivu and Mumosho in preparation and anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the day. He shared his excitement that local authorities, leaders, and police came to witness the performance of plays and poems that denounced gender based violence. To engage the men in the fight, they catered their messages in sports speak and sang songs to invite them to jointly end violence on a larger scale.
We’ll share more of the poems, plays and video as we receive them from Amani. We’re thankful for your support of these strong women, giving voice to their lives, shaping and changing their future.