Club des Défenseurs des Droits de la Fille
Nowhere is more dangerous for women than the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where women and girls suffer excessively from high rates of violence and extreme poverty during times of conflict since 1996. Even though peace has been established in most regions of the country, but the eastern provinces, still suffer from gender-based violence.The Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular the east of the country, has a long history of rape and violence, it was named the “Rape Capital of the World”. Although sexual violence has always occurred in the country, but the region has faced increased rates of sexual violence at the time of the armed conflicts.
Once a survivor of rape, Joycelyn Salama now fights for girls in Kivu. Jocelyne has over five years of experiences in various fields in the community-development sector, and human rights in particular. She’s the founder and president of the network of girl’s activist named Club des Défenseurs des Droits de la Fille. The most important part of her work is when she shares her story and her experience, which gives hope and brings smiles to those who have lived in the same situation as she did. Her mission is to end rape by involving other survivors because they are the ones who know its pain. Joycelyn obtained her university degree in Computer Science. Upon competition of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she plans to continue her work in gender equality with a focus on advocacy for girls’ rights and equal opportunities.