A surgeon and gynecologist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Muwkege has spent over twenty years treating women survivors of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo and supporting their quest for justice.
The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to us will only be of value if it leads to concrete change in the lives of victims of sexual violence all over the world and the restoration of peace in our countries. So, what can we do?
With a team of doctors and community leaders, Dr. Mukwege runs Panzi Hospital and the Panzi Foundation, which offer physical, psycho-social, economic and legal support to survivors. We talk to Dr. Mukwege about how he offers survivors hope and healing, in spite of continuous death threats and a horrific civil war.
This episode was produced by Colette Salima, in collaboration with our lead producer Caro Rolando. The story was edited by David Alandete, mixed by Martine Chaussard, and mastered by Laurent Apffel. Our team includes assistant producer Laura Ubaté, production manager Luis Gil, and executive producer Martina Castro. Georgetown University’s liaison to the podcast is Sarah Rutherford. Special thanks to Ngofeen Mputubwele who voiced Dr. Mukwege in English, and to the various podcasters gathered by Paula Rogo from Africa Podfest for also lending their voices to the women featured in today’s episode: Lulu Jemimah of RealTalk256, Nuura Abdi and Teddy Mmasi of The Chai Podcast, Munirah Kaoneka of The Kaya Sessions and Sharon Rwaky of Cinema Red Pill podcast.
GIWPS and Adonde Media have partnered with Mama Radio in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring you news coverage of Dr. Denis Mukwege’s work. Both reports are in French, which is the DRC’s official language. Transcripts in French can be found below each report description.
- September 3, 2020: Protest against death threats made to Dr. Mukwege
Report description: Hundreds of people gathered in Bukavu on September 3, 2020 to denounce death threats made against Dr. Denis Mukwege and to support his fight against impunity in the face of grave human rights violations that have been committed in the DRC for more than two decades. Lisez la transcription en français.
- October 1, 2020: Protest on the anniversary of the UN Mapping Report publication
Report description: Hundreds of protestors gathered in Bukavu, DRC, on Thursday, October 1, 2020 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Mapping Report. This report cites more than 600 cases of serious human rights violations committed between 1993 and 2003 in eastern DRC, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Protestors called for the implementation of the report’s resolutions, and an end to impunity for these crimes. Lisez la transcription en français.