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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
Since 2007 I am working as a peace education advisor in the Eastern part of Congo. I am shocked about what is happening here. Raping is used as an arm in order to harm and eliminate the Congolese population. We must help these women to find again their reason to live and to stand up against this violence. But unfortunately it is difficult to find funding for that.
Before coming to Congo I was working - mainly with refugees - in Benin; India and Uganda.

My Passions:
sports and travelling

My Challenges:
working in the forgotten region

My Vision for the Future:
Women are treated equally in Congo

My Areas of Expertise:
sports for peace, AVP, peace education, Conflict transformation


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Dear Jessie,

Welcome to PulseWire! We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I would love to hear more about your work and your personal experience witnessing the severe violence against women in the Congo. As well as your ideas for working towards ending the violence if you did have the funding to launch a project or program there.

I hope that you will join us in the Ending Gender Based Violence group:

And participate in our Action Blogging Campaign:

Based on your work, experience and passion - your voice is valuable to this campaign and I encourage you to share!

In friendship,

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

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Welcome to World Pulse! Wow- your work sounds amazing. Ever since the spotlight on the congo in V-day I have been shocked to hear what is going on there. Sadly, as you know, this is nothing new or unique. I am so glad that you are working to break the cycle of violence. Peaceful innovators are much needed in the world over!

I would love to hear more about how you incorporate sports into your work. What is sports for peace? Are there specific sports that you participate in? There is a lot of sports development happening in Peace Corps Jamaica right now and I would love to hear about your projects!!

I look forward to reading more about your work and your journey!

Much Peace,


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sports for peace

Dear Sharese,
I am happy that you are interested in sports for peace. I think that there are many different sports for peace concepts. Here is our philosophy:

It is hoped, that sports can help to improve communication and reduce prejudices among the children and the youth from the different tribes. Because sports is a wonderful mean to work together, learn new things together and play together.
Sports as a recreational activity should be used by the peace club members to contribute to the psychosocial and emotional recovery of former internally displaced persons

For the sports of peace project was developed because of the following assumptions:
 Peace issue is promoted in an attractive way through sports.
 Sports can be used as a psycho-social tool to help traumatised youth
 Sports is a mean to bring together people from different ethnical backgrounds in a peaceful way
 Sports is a mean to overcome violence in young people
 Sports is a mean to teach moral values like team spirit, to act independently, to be reliable, tolerance, open-mindness, etc.

The idea of this project is to train so-called “sports for peace” coaches in practical sport-coaching and peace building. Most of these coaches have already their own sports group. If not, they should start a new group of youth, in which all tribes of this area should be represented. After their training we encourage the new sports for peace coaches to offer regular sport for the youth in their home village. During this sports offer, they should apply the different methods which they have learnt in our sports for peace workshops. The methods consist mostly in co-operative games and integrating exercises in order
 to bring people from different ethnical backgrounds in a peaceful way together, in order to overcome prejudices.
 to give young people who might be traumatised by rebel insurgency or displacement due to other political reasons.
 to remember traditional games of their area and keep them through playing

Please feel free to contact me for further questions

All the best


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We love you

Dear Jessie,

I hope you are doing well.

I realized you are the ONLY one from Congo. Please know that we love you and we love the people there. You are a powerful voice!!!

I hope to hear from you soon.


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