In the Democratic Republic of Congo we are partnered with Julienne Lusenge, an internationally celebrated women’s rights defender.
Julienne has received the French Legion of Honour and Amnesty International’s Ginetta Sagan Award for her outstanding work. This year she won the prestigious 2018 International Women's Rights Award.
Julienne has briefed the United Nations Security Council twice on the situation in DRC on behalf of civil society. She heads SOFEPADI, a non-profit established in 2000, which is focused on women’s and family rights.
With a grant in 2016 from Millicom Foundation we created a lively, studio-produced podcast series called Wamama Tujenge (Women Building Peace) featuring Julienne interviewing women change makers in the DRC.
“After listening to the message, the women of the shooting field (in Kinshasa) denounced the night incursion and wrote a letter to the commander of the Congolese National Police to increase their efforts for peace.”
-Phase 2 field recap report
The Wamama Tujenge podcasts can be stored on mobile phones and are easily and freely shared via Bluetooth transfer, creating a “peer-to-peer” public service broadcasting network.
In 2017 we sent Jeanne Mbweki Kibuo to Sierra Leone to work with our team in understanding our innovative approach to building communication networks. In 2018 Jeanne organized the establishment of 15 Listening Centers in three regions to test our distribution method, and we are beginning to test the further production of the Wamama Tujenge podcast by local journalists.
Listen to Julienne Lusenge on our SoundCloud channel below.
Wamama Tujenge was broadcast on a DRC community radio network last November, and reached more than 700,000 listeners across the country.
By adapting our proven production and distribution methods from our West Africa operations in the Great Lakes Region, we hope to transform how women and girls in rural areas of East Africa receive, use, and share information so that they can know and fully enjoy their rights.