A former Congolese radio journalist driven from her job and forced to start her life over twice because of threats from militants, Julienne Lusenge is a leader of women's self-help organizations supported by the American Jewish World Service, which helped her write this essay, translated from French.

  •  December 31, 2015 
Julienne Lusenge, a Congolese, founded women's groups in her country to help women and girls recover from years of conflict and to inform them about their rights.
In the developed world, women fought and struggled to gain their rights and eventually created a space in which these rights could be expressed. Violence does indeed occur in the developed world, but it cannot be compared to what is happening in countries that are plagued with persistent, systematic conflict. Women in the developed …

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