Partners & Beneficiaries
Dr Denis Mukwege
Renowned Congolese doctor, Denis Mukwege, has come to symbolise a saviour for the victims of sexual violence in his native country. His hospital has become a refuge and beacon of hope for thousands of women. He has been honoured by the United Nations with the 2008 prize for human rights for his tireless work at Panzi hospital. Dr. Mukwege was also named “African of the Year” by a Nigerian newspaper and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice.
Because Dr. Mukwege recognises that his patients often suffer in silence, he has become a voice for them. He travels around the world to tell their stories and raise awareness about the use of rape as a weapon of war.
Panzi Hospital, Bukavu, DRC
The General Referral Hospital of Panzi is a provincial hospital located in Bukavu and managed by CEPAC, a protestant church organisation. It was built in response to the increasing number of sexual violence victims with severe injuries. Dr Mukwege, its founder and current medical director, supervised the construction of the hospital in 1999. Swedish and British development funds, PMU and Läkarmissionen supported the infrastructure.
The hospital specialises in treating gynaecological disorders, specifically those due to reproductive damage and trauma from sexual violence, as well as offering holistic clinical treatment for survivors. Dr Mukwege and his gynaecological surgical team are internationally recognised experts in fistula and incontinence repair and the long term healing and community reintegration associated with fistula care.
City of Joy
V-Day, founded by Eve Ensler to end the violence against women and girls, and UNICEF in partnership with Panzi Foundation have built a special facility for the survivors of sexual violence. Conceived, created and developed by the women on the ground, the City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC supports women survivors of sexual violence to heal and provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership through innovative programming.
Through its groundbreaking model, the City of Joy provides up to 180 women a year with an opportunity to benefit from group therapy, storytelling, dance, theatre, self-defense, comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning), ecology and horticulture, and economic empowerment.
The City of Joy will provide women a place to heal emotionally as they rebuild their lives, turn their pain to power and return to their communities to lead.
One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising, the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a global campaign, a grassroots movement that from Lima, to Paris, New Delhi to Kinshasa, Manila, to Bahrain is clamoring, loud and clear, for the end of violence towards women and girls. On February 14th, 2013, One Billion women and the men who love them will rise up on the planet, joining Eve Ensler and the activists of her foundation V-Day to strike, dance, shake the world and shift the energy, empower women and girls and break the cycle of violence.
Art has long been a vehicle of protest and an agent of change. Art is the most powerful the most direct and visceral way of speaking to people across borders, and barriers. Art Motivates, art empowers, art opens people's minds creating new ways of thinking. The OBR UK Art Festival is part of the campaign to bring together artists, performers, dancers, poets, playwrights, art lovers and the public in unity against violence.
Bukavu, eastern DRC - Photo by Fjona Hill
Women for Women International
Founded by Zainab Salbi in 1993, Women for Women International provides female survivors of conflict with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, promoting viable civil societies. Its one-year programme is tailored to enable women to go from victim to survivor, with the help of rights awareness education, life skills, health education, job skills and business training. Since 2002 it has set up offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has championed grassroots fundraising and awareness of women in the Congo through its successful Run for Congo campaign.
Its programmes also span Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. By giving women the tools and training to generate a sustainable income and by teaching them their rights to social, economic and political participation, WFWI empowers women all over the world to reach their potential and rebuild their families, communities and nations.
Save the Congo
Save the Congo was founded by Vava Tampa and the first meeting was held in a basement hall of St Monica's Church, a Roman Catholic Church, on Friday, July 4th 2008. Save the Congo has expanded considerably ever since; working and forging links with Parliamentarians, religious leaders as well as leading rights and development agencies in Congo, Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic to highlight both the long-ignored plight of the Congolese people and the country’s untapped potential; its spirit, creativity and cultural energy. Save the Congo is committed to providing a deliberative platform through which the Congolese people, and concerned good willed people individuals, agencies or institutions, can work to raise awareness of the human tragedy overwhelming the Congo and ending the conflict that has gripped the Great Lakes region for over a decade.