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Your Calls for Congo Peace Reached The White House

Jensine Larsen and Adele Kibasumba in front of the White House

As Neema Namadamu toured the US this past fall, heralding a women-led peace movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she had a goal in sight: for her message to reach the White House.

Thanks to your signatures on her Change.org petition, Neema’s dream has become a reality.

On January 29, Neema gathered the Maman Shujaa ‘Hero Women’ around a phone in Bukavu, DRC to await the call from Washington, while her Congolese ‘sister’ Adele Kibasumba hand delivered their petition to White House National Security Council leaders. World Pulse founder/CEO Jensine Larsen, Change.org organizer Shelby Knox, Enough Project campaign manager JD Stier, and actress Robin Wright joined her in delivering 100,000+ signatures and one united message urging the appointment of a special presidential envoy for peace in DRC.

Kibasumba, who has lost family members in Congo’s 16-year conflict, lives in the United States and dreams of the day when her country is safe enough for her to return to work as a nurse and women’s movement leader. Her powerful testimony left everyone in the room visibly moved. Stier observed that this meeting felt different than any other White House meeting he has attended.

While the US government hasn’t yet made immediate commitments to appoint an envoy, it is clear that this grassroots effort may be a tipping point.

“This is a critical moment for action that could be a turning point for the people of eastern Congo,” said Robin Wright.

The Maman Shujaa ‘Hero Women’ are a group of 200 activists who regularly log in to World Pulse to report about life in war-torn DRC from a women’s Internet café in Bukavu. The November occupation of nearby Goma by M-23 rebels put their lives in immediate danger, which led them to create the Change.org petition with support from World Pulse staff.

The petition garnered signatures from across the world and reflects a coalition of organizations, grassroots activists, and world leaders united in action. Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee endorsed the petition, saying “I believe that trusting Congolese women will secure the future of that great nation.”

Read Adele’s journal describing what it was like to take her message to the White House.

Read JD Stier’s account of the meeting on the Enough Project blog.

Read Neema Namadamu's most recent statement about the petition and the work of the Maman Shujaa

World Pulse extends our gratitude to all who showed their support of these grassroots heroes by signing the petition. We know, however, that the work must continue. As Neema Namadamu says, “We will not be quiet until REAL Peace is upon us.”

The petition is still active. Sign and share it if you haven’t yet.

Connect with the Maman Shujaa online. Listen to their voices and lend your support to the women who will one day lead their country to peace.

In gratitude,

World Pulse and the Hero Women of Congo

Comments

Carrie Lee's picture

Change will come from grassroots

So enlivened by the power of women! The Hero Women are a shining example of the change that can be created when we come together in unity around a shared purpose....A higher purpose, for the betterment of our world and everyone in it.
I smile every time I think of the Hero Women in the internet cafe, and feel so lucky that I can connect with them through World Pulse!

In gratitude,
Carrie

Precious M's picture

I am glad

You know what they say? If you think it, you can do it! I'm so glad to know that your voice has been heard in high places.

Keep speaking up for those women. God bless you!

My pen speaks

WOW !

Congratulations World Pulse for being World Pulse and for really being there for women and people throughout the world who would have no other source of serious help.

WP makes things happen. You are all simply amazing !

Again, Congrats !

UBUNTU (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy Stebbins

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

shirl1000's picture

It takes a village!

This is just so inspiring. With everyone working together, we will see change...it is only a matter of time. I am so impressed by all of you and where you choose to spend your time and energy. Shirl

Sending love and peace,
Shirl

Gloriabit's picture

praise be to God

its took long time for people to discover that what we women of Congo need is peace, what a woman need i am sure that all children will need same thing. Thank you for all the support that you are showing. mama shujaa women of congo trust in people , and together more things gona happen , transformation must be seen.

Congratulation

Gloria

Sanjay Dixit's picture

DRC in a state of anarchy

DRC is in a state of anarchy. In spite of the fact that they claim to be a Democratic country and claim that they have social and legal systems to control violence, crime and injustice, they still work in a pre-civilized manner. Kibasumba's case points to the fact.

The International community should get involved and help/support DRC to mend their ways as soon as possible to create a civilized society based on reason and justice.

With Best Wishes,
Mr Sanjay Dixit
Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

Wendyiscalm's picture

Was just hinking of you the other day

Hi Sanjay,

Will write more later to you. But your name popped up and I had been thinking of you yesterday and the day before. What I was thinking is that I am disappointed in myself that I have not gotten down to AI to discuss what we discuss. It is FREEZING here but it is still on my mind and I will do so when the weather gets above -0 c.

Your comments are meaningful for the situation, as always.

Your friend,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Sanjay Dixit's picture

Hello Wendy

I can understand. You are very busy in your work and you may not be getting the time to discuss with AI. From my side there is no compulsion on you to find time to discuss with AI; its for you to exercise your free will. Your sincerity and honesty is all that matters. I leave it to you to decide when and why you decide to contact AI based on your own judgement and understanding.
With Best Regards,]
Sanjay Dixit
Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi Sanjay

Hi Sanjay,

Good to hear from you. Okay. I understand your meaning.

Have a good day and keep up the great work. You have a big heart.

Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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