Global Leadership Awards
Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson is a pioneering, fearless voice for justice and accountability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Born in Bukavu in the South Kivu Province, Chouchou developed a strong interest in radio broadcasting and journalism as a young student. She saw radio as way to reach the masses in Congo — the only medium of communication accessible to nearly everyone, everywhere.
Chouchou got her start in 1997 as a presenter at Radio Maendeleo, a popular local community radio station. As Eastern Congo was overcome by violence in the late 1990s, Chouchou turned her microphone into a potent weapon against the violations of women’s human rights she saw running rampant in her community. She earned a reputation as a fearless journalist with considerable expertise in women, health and human rights, and she was also known for courageously denouncing corruption and mismanagement at all levels of the ruling authority.
In 2003, Chouchou founded the South Kivu’s Women’s Media Association (“Association des Femmes des Médias du Sud Kivu” or “AFEM”) to support her activism and women's advancement through available media outlets. Working to promote Congolese women and defend women’s rights through media, AFEM specializes in radio broadcasts to both urban and rural audiences by utilizing and training women-led radio clubs and local social activists.
- To inform women of their rights and the mechanisms in place to protect those rights.
- To encourage women's freedom of expression.
- To fight for equal rights between men and women.
- To fight for quantitative and qualitative gender parity in organizations and in all areas of public life.
- To facilitate women's involvement in