Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu – Dem. Rep. Congo

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu (45) is the executive secretary of Women’s Network for Justice and Peace (Rfdp) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since 1992, Rfdp has fought against all forms of discrimination and violence against women and other vulnerable members of society. She is a human rights activist and she mobilizes women to repel violence.

She says: “In our discriminative societies there are women, including traditional ones, who have become role models because they manage public property in a satisfactory manner”.

She adds: “With sustained hope any action, however small, towards building a just society, will give chances to women. That society will already have sown seeds for needed change”.

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She works for Women Network for Justice, Rfdp (no website). She works also as executive secretary for the Réseau des Femmes pour la Défense des Droits et la Paix.

Venantie Bisimwa (45) is convinced that the world was created for men and women and she should not have to ask for permission to live better. She is a human rights activist and the Executive Secretary of Women Network for Justice and Peace (RFPD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A married mother of three, Venantie holds a university degree. Her professional experience helps her encourage other women, who in her opinion, benefit the society and must therefore be valued. She notes: “In our discriminative societies there are women, including traditional ones who became role models because they managed public property in a satisfactory manner.” These examples she says impelled her to form two women NGOs.

Since 1992, RFDP has fought against all forms of discrimination and violence against women and other vulnerable members of society. Presently the organization supports Congolese women from diverse political and ideological backgrounds from the South Kivu region through networking, in order to safeguard peace and advocate for gender-based interests in the DRC. Through her organization she sensitizes and trains women and men on human rights, peace and gender. She also organizes conferences, presents radio programs with debates, carries out research and writes publications denouncing violence.

The moral and material support she receives from her family has sustained her work. She recalls that her parents brought up both male and female children equally. This background enables her to contribute to the community and her country.

She says there is no need to have an unjust and discriminatory society. (1000peacewomen).

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links:

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice;

gendercc platform for information, knowledge, and networking on gender and climate change;

Global Network for Justice;

Fourth World Movement;

Open Society Institute OSI;

Global Network for Justice Initiatives GNJI;

Lebanon: National dialogue in Doha, a small portrait of this author, by Moussa Bashir, May 21, 2008.

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