Karibu – Welcome. I want to introduce you to the Maman Shujaa, or Hero Women of Congo, and our many initiatives to empower women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are grassroots advocates for Peace, for women’s rights, rights for the disabled, community rights, rights for nature, and the right to a future for our children. We operate a number of programs but really, all that we doing is about one thing; about lifting women, building women, elevating women’s understanding, capacity, and ability to be the women they were created to be, for themselves, their families, and their communities. The programs are about creating vehicles for women to discover the gift that they are and the gifts that they embody; to enable them to develop and employ those gifts in such a way as to release those gifts, that they might then follow the path of destiny that their gift creates for them.
You will read about our Media Centers where hundreds of Congolese voices have burst through the sound barrier and onto the global stage of the World Pulse forum. The Maman Shujaa have been quoted, and written about in many international news forums, like the Huffington Post, Politico, Time and People magazine; even Spain’s El Periodico. And what wisdoms I have heard speaking into me as each heart takes the microphone and gives release to an utterance formed out of the profound depth of their experience. Young and old, the roots of these women have gone deep and wrapped around one another, gaining confidence in their harmony and power in their accord. From this once dark corner of the world they are daily joining the universal chorus for peace and sanity, beaming with a resilient expectation as they march forward into a future of their own design. Once muted, now radiant; once disregarded, now admired; once cast aside, now leading the way; my Congolese sisterhood, the Maman Shujaa.
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