Aline Zawadi

Aline Zawadi is a young activist who graduated in economics from the University of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the founder and coordinator of the civil society organization Support for Indigenous Women of Walungu (Soutien à la Femme Autochtone de Walungu – SFAW). She is committed to empower the indigenous pygmy women and girls of the Walungu territory and make them proud of their identity, including through participating in income generating activities such as market gardening. She has promoted the set up of Economic Interest Groups (GEI) involving women from different communities with the aim to consolidate social cohesion among indigenous and non-indigenous households. Zawadi contributes to building peace by facilitating the establishment of peace and community mediation committees at local level and with the involvement of local authorities. She is also engaged in promoting education. Through connecting seven destitute households to the Foundation Sentinelles, she has made possible the schooling of 15 children.