Democratic Republic of Congo
“We are all self-made reporters and we will not be silenced by the waves of violence. We give voice to victims. We spread a message of hope to people who are displaced by war. We hold armed combatants and officials accountable and we push for peace.”
Chouchou Namegabe trains young women to be journalists in Eastern Congo, one of the most dangerous places to be a woman. In the late 1990s, when the DRC was overcome by violence, Chouchou turned the airwaves into a form of activism. She taught herself radio journalism and did something no one else was doing – she reported on the widespread use of rape as a weapon of war.
Her reporting got the attention of the international community and mobilized action on the horrific violence in Eastern Congo. Chouchou is the founder and director of AFEM – South Kivu Women’s Media Association. In a place where freedom of the press is abused and reporters are targeted, Chouchou is hard at work training a rising generation of women journalists.