Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

Radio AFEM works to de-stigmatize rape in the Congo

In Policy Blog on March 24, 2009 at 3:36 am

Tonight I attended a fabulous panel, hosted by Women’s eNews, on the use of radio as a medium to destigmatize rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  In Eastern regions of the country rape has been widely used as a weapon of war by armed groups and the army in conflicts over mineral resources.


The star panelist was Chouchou Namegabe, the founder of South Kivu Women’s Media Association (AFEM). She spoke powerfully about the experience of meeting rape survivors, and of learning with her colleagues to bring out their stories. She also spoke about the stigma associated with rape in Congo, and how the testimonials and reports AFEM broadcasts into the region’s rural areas have begun to de-stigmatize survivors of sexual violence.

Here’s a great article on AFEM by Women’s eNews reporter Dominique Soguel, who moderated the panel.

  1. Thanks for this blog! I really wanted to attend the event…

    I hope you took a lot from it, it looked very interesting. Radio is such a powerful tool still, I think so many NGOs who head for Africa forget such a thing because the Western world is so TV-centric now.

    Anyway, I’m going to blog on this today hopefully as I’m focusing on the DR Congo Conflict, take a look if you’re interested.

    All the best,

  2. Thanks for the comment, Simon. Actually something the speakers mentioned is how INGOs often don’t understand what the women they work with actually need.

    Looking forward to reading your post on the DRC!


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