Colorful umbrellas were raised high in the Congo sky as women grasped hands in solidarity, lifting each other up to envision standing together against violence. The umbrellas dotted the crowd of more than 400 women gathered outside the Mumosho Women’s Center to celebrate International Women’s Day. In a country often called the worst place to be a woman, Colonel Honorine called the women to action.
A rarity to find a woman in such a place of power in the Congolese National Police, Colonel Honorine represents the future of women in leadership in the DRC. Articulate and charismatic, she is a defender of women’s rights in charge of Children & Women’s Protection for all of South Kivu. Honorine spoke of her work, encouraging the women to take on leadership and open their eyes to know their rights. Amani addressed the gathering, sharing more information to raise the women’s awareness on how strong they are. His message of empowerment: that their energy and strength can change the world if only they know and accept they are strong.
|Amani, Colonel Honorine and the women of Mumosho|
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