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Ms Julienne Lusenge

Position(s):

President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of SOFEPADI President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development)

Julienne Lusenge is a native of Eastern Congo and a staunch militant for justice, peace and human rights and in particular a fervent women rights activist. In 2001, Ms Lusenge is the President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development), an NGO that promotes women’s and girls’ rights in Beni (North-Kivu) and in Bunia (the Eastern province). Since 2003, SOFEPADI has focused more specifically on sexual violence and socio-cultural crimes providing comprehensive, holistic support to women victims of sexual violence as well as promoting their access to justice. Through its program to fight against impunity and sexual violence in Beni, Bunia and all Eastern DRC, SOFEPADI is now involved in assisting victims of sexual violence to navigate the judicial system and bring perpetrators of rape and sexual assault to national and international courts. Under her leadership SOFEPADI has built a solid reputation both nationally and internationally. SOFEPADI is an NGO member of CCJT (Congolese Coalition for Transitional Justice) and the lead organization of ESSAIM, a coalition of forty women’s groups set up in 2003 to defend and protect women’s rights in the Eastern provinces of DRC. In addition, SOFEPADI is the focal point of the International Coalition of Women in Situations of Conflict.