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MON HISTOIRE ET MES EXPERIENCES AUPRES DE WORLD PULSE

Pour ce qui me concerne, mon parcours connait plusieurs étapes. Je réponds au nom de Madeleine Bwenge, je suis mère de 4 fils. Je suis veuve il y a de cela 23 ans. J'ai appris à beaucoup lutter pour promouvoir le bien-être au seim de ma famille. Grâce à ce combat de longue haleine, mes fils évoluent peu à peu. C'est à dire que lorsque mon conjoint venait de déceder, tous mes enfants étaient encore à bas âge. Ils avaient respectivement 9 ans, 7 ans, 5ans, 11 mois . Dieu aidant, l'ainé vient de terminer ses études Universitaires en Agronomie, le second venait d'obtenir son diplôme de 2e cycle en comptabilité , le 3e étudie en 2e graduat en Mécanique et le 4e étudie en 2e doctorat à l'Université catholique de Bukavu. En effet, je menais un combat sur tous les fronts. Pourquoi dois-je insinuer cela ? C'est tout simplement parce que moi-même j''étais encore trop jeune, j'avais 29 ans, je m'étais mariée trop tôt, à 19 ans. Heureusement pour moi, j'avais déjà eu mon diplôme de fin des humanités. Tout en étant mariée j'avais poursuivis mes études jusqu'à obtenir mon diplôme de graduat en Management et dynamique commerciale.
Juste après mon mariage, une année après, j'eus 20ans d'âge; au cours de la même année, j'avais accouchée de deux enfants jumeaux, de sexe masculin. Voilà que les deux autres qui sont venus après sont du même sexe.
Par ailleurs, dans ma nouvelle situation, j'avais comme idéal, celui de voir mes enfants grandir et de les faire étudier. J'avais surtout peur qu'ils n'entrent pas dans la rue comme c'est fréquent pour beaucoup d'enfants surtout orphelins.
Heureusement pour moi, j'ai presque atteint mon idéal.
Toutefois, j'ai dû beacoup travailler. J'ai usé de beaucoup de réflexion . J'ai eu à abandonner les choses jugées non essentielles pour atteidre cet idéal. Je remercie mes parents de m'avoir instruit..
Je travaillais comme fonctionnaire au Ministère de l'Environnement, conservation de la Nature & Tourisme. Au fur à mesure que les jours passsaient, j'avais évolué jusqu'à devenir Coordonatrice Provinciale de ce Service au sein de notre Province du Sud-Kivu, et ce de 2005 à 2007.
Etant donné que le genre continue à ne pas bien percu par certains hommes, j'étais toujours combattus par les hommes avec lesquels je travaillais. S'étant ligués avec certaines autorités, ils ont fait de leurs pouvoir pour me déchoir de mes fonctions, sans motif valable en 2007.
J'avais compris que c'était une astuce pour me contraindre à ne plus parler, c'est à dire, à ne plus faire des dénonciations encas d'abus commis par ces derniers. Pour y pallier, j'avais mis en place une structure d"nommée 'Action pour l'Education environnementale, Genre et Développement Durable au Kivu. A travers cette structure, je continuais à parler, à décrier les multiples violations observées.
C'est dans ce contexte que je m'étais rencontrée avec Madame Neema Namadamu qui s'était intéressait à mes émissions radio. Après un échange avec elle, elle m'informa de l'existence d'un site qui m'aiderait à faire entendre ma voix plus loin comme c'était mon souhait.
Dans ce même ordre d'idée, les questions se rapportant à la recrudescence des viols et violences sexuelles dans la plupart des zones à prévalence des ressources Naturelles attiraient et continue à attirer mon attention particulière.
Sans plus tarder, j'ai directemment pris mon courage pour rejoindre nos collèges de World Pulse.
Grâce à WORLD PULSE, je m'exprime librement, je produis plusieurs articles sur la situation environnementale de mon pays, je produis de nombreux plaidoyers pour le retour de la Paix à l'Est de mon Pays,
Grâce à World Pulse, nous essayons de promouvoir la Paix entre les communautés ici chez-nous.
A travers World Pulse, les femmes congolaises ont plusieurs fois dénoncé la guerre et ses causes mais aussi les principaux acteurs des conflits armés chez-nous.
A travers WORLD PULSE, le" Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies est saisi, à travers les voix des femmes congolaise des réalités sur les violations flagrantes des droits humains à l'Est de la RDC.
Enfin, à travers World Pulse, des acquis s'observent peu à peu . Nous espérons que le retour de la Paix en République Démocratique du Congo sera effective.

SUGGESTIONS ;
-Notre participation à la campagne de lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes et celles basées sur le genre a été très déterminants. Cependant, nous avons besoin des appuis financiers pour assister les victimes.
-Notre Pays, la RDC faisant partie des pays francophones, c'est le Français qui est la langue la plus parlée. Cela étant, nous sollicitons une capacitation pour nous permettre de nous exprimer correctement dans la langue anglaise;
-Certains de nos adresses mails fonctionnent difficilement avec yahoo. Ceci constitue un handicap pour nos contacts. Nous vous demanderions de contacter le service Yahoo pour régler cette problématique.
-Nous avons énormément besoin de plusieurs materiels pour mener à bien nos activités. Il s'agit des ordinateurs portables, des appareils dictaphones, appareils photo, caméra pour la prise des images ...etc
-Nous souhaiterions avoir du job ou des contrats de consultance avec les organisations onusiennes et celles du système des Nations Unies pour nous permettre d'être au service des femmes victimes des violences sur terrain.

NB . Je présente toute ma reconnaissance à World Pulse pour nous avoir permis d'être en contact permanent avec les femmes de partout au monde.

English translation by community member McKinley

For myself, my path knew many steps. I answer to the name of Madeleine Bwenge, I am a mother of four sons. I’ve been a widow for about 23 years. I learned to fight a lot in order to promote well-being within my family. Thanks to this long winded struggle, my sons changed gradually. This is to say that when my husband had died, all of my children were still young. They were respectively 9 years, 7, years, 5 years, and 11 months old. God willing, the eldest just finished his University studies in Agronomy, the second had obtained his second degree in Accounting, the third studies his second degree in Mechanics, and the fourth studies his second doctoral at the Catholic University in Bukavu. In fact, I led a battle on all fronts. Why do I suggest this? This is simply because I myself was too young, I was 29 years old, I was married early at 19. Fortunately for me, I already had my degree finished in humanities. While married, I continued my studies until I obtained my graduate degree in Management and dynamic business. Just after my wedding, a year later, I was 20 years old; during the same year I gave birth to twin children, both male. Now the other two came after, the same sex. For that matter, in my new position, I had the dream to see my children grow up and study. I was especially afraid that they would end up on the street as it is common for children, especially orphans. Fortunately for me, I had almost reached my dream. However, I had to do a lot of work. I spent a lot of time thinking. I had to abandon things considered non-essential in order to attain this dream. I thank my parents for having taught me…

I worked as a civil servant to the Ministry of Environment, the Nature Conservation and Tourism. As for the days passed, I grew into the Provincial Coordinator of the Service in our province of South-Kivu, from 2005 to 2007.
Given that gender continues to not be well perceived by some men, I was always battling men with whom I worked. Having conspired with some authorities, they had power to deprive me of my duties, without valid reason in 2007. I understood that it was a trick to force me not to speak, that is, to not make complaints in case of abuse by them. In order to overcome this, I set up an organization named ‘Action for Environmental Education, Gender and Sustainable Development in the Kivus’. Through this organization, I continued to speak, to decry many violations observed. It is in this context that I met with Ms. Neema Namadamu who was interested in my radio broadcasts. After a discussion with her, she informed me of the existence of a site that would help make my voice heard further, as it was my wish. In the line of thinking, the issues related to the increase of rape and sexual violence in the areas most prevalent with natural resources attracted and continues to attract my particular attention.

Without delay, I directly took my courage to join the association of World Pulse. Thanks to World Pulse, I speak freely, I produce several articles on the environmental situation of my country, I produce many pleas for the return for peace in the East of my country. Thanks to World Pulse, we try to promote peace between communities here at our home. Through World Pulse, Congolese women have repeatedly denounced war and its implications, but also the main actors of armed conflict in our home. Through World Pulse, the United Nations Security Council is seized through the voices of Congolese women, of the realities on the gross violations of human rights in the East of the DRC. Finally, through World Pulse, achievements have been seen gradually. We hope that the return of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be effective.

Suggestions:
-Our participation in the campaign against violence against women based on gender was very decisive. However, we need financial support in order to assist victims.
-Our country, the DRC is part of the French speaking countries, French is the most spoken language. However, we are seeking the capacity for us to express ourselves properly in the English language.
-Some of our email addresses have difficulty functioning with yahoo. This constitutes a handicap for our contacts. We ask you to contact the Yahoo service in order to resolve this issue.
-We have an enormous need for more materials in order to carry out our activities. These are laptops, voice recorders, cameras, cameras for taking photos…etc.
-We wish to have job or consultancy contracts with UN organizations and those of the UN system in order to enable us to be of service to women victims of violence on the ground.

NB. I offer my gratitude to World Pulse for allowing us to be in constant contact with women from around the world.

Comments

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Madeleine- Thank you for

Madeleine- Thank you for sharing your story and your vision. You have also begun to take action, and you have a community behind you for every step. It is helpful that you've provided suggestions, and I'm wondering if you could tell me more about the yahoo email issue. What is the exact problem, and how can we help with this?

Neema has touched so many lives, and I'm glad she touched yours and brought you here to world pulse. I consider her my sister, and she is a great example to me of how to overcome and take action!

All the best to you, Madeleine!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

WITH a lot of thanks

Please Michelle, you can scuse me because I don`t speak english well, I speak french, but I can hear something you write to me, Thank you for learning that story,
I tought you about the problem that we have with the yahoo service, It is a great difficult for us to get in our`s yahoo account. Fistly I was obliged to change my account who was ; lmadobwenge@yahoo,fr
Now, my new account is mbwenge@ymail,com Sometime, the same difficult is appeared, so that I go to the internet and I try to open the account, but I can`t open that ,
You can help us in informing the yahoo service that the World Pulse member are obliged to work each day and if they don`t permit us to enter in our yahoo account it is more difficult to continue to be on line.
I hope, you will try to contact them.
Thank you Michelle. God bless you .

Madeleine

Myrthe's picture

Thank you!

Madeleine, thank you for sharing your story with us. I have a lot of respect for you, for raising your four sons on your own and for all the work you have done. I am happy you are using World Pulse to share your stories and raise your voice.

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Thank you

Thank you Myrthe for your message, That is my story, it was very difficult to do that but God is great,
I inform you that World Pulse is for us one part of solution for a lot of problems the congolese women have. Some one couldn`t known our problem if we haven`t been online, We congratulate the World Pulse organization for that project and we ask his to continue to support us for being on line and looking for us some parteners who can support ours locals activities,
Please, scuse me because I don`t speak inglish well.

Madeleine

McKinley's picture

Translation

For myself, my path knew many steps. I answer to the name of Madeleine Bwenge, I am a mother of four sons. I’ve been a widow for about 23 years. I learned to fight a lot in order to promote well-being within my family. Thanks to this long winded struggle, my sons changed gradually. This is to say that when my husband had died, all of my children were still young. They were respectively 9 years, 7, years, 5 years, and 11 months old. God willing, the eldest just finished his University studies in Agronomy, the second had obtained his second degree in Accounting, the third studies his second degree in Mechanics, and the fourth studies his second doctoral at the Catholic University in Bukavu. In fact, I led a battle on all fronts. Why do I suggest this? This is simply because I myself was too young, I was 29 years old, I was married early at 19. Fortunately for me, I already had my degree finished in humanities. While married, I continued my studies until I obtained my graduate degree in Management and dynamic business. Just after my wedding, a year later, I was 20 years old; during the same year I gave birth to twin children, both male. Now the other two came after, the same sex. For that matter, in my new position, I had the dream to see my children grow up and study. I was especially afraid that they would end up on the street as it is common for children, especially orphans. Fortunately for me, I had almost reached my dream. However, I had to do a lot of work. I spent a lot of time thinking. I had to abandon things considered non-essential in order to attain this dream. I thank my parents for having taught me…

I worked as a civil servant to the Ministry of Environment, the Nature Conservation and Tourism. As for the days passed, I grew into the Provincial Coordinator of the Service in our province of South-Kivu, from 2005 to 2007.
Given that gender continues to not be well perceived by some men, I was always battling men with whom I worked. Having conspired with some authorities, they had power to deprive me of my duties, without valid reason in 2007. I understood that it was a trick to force me not to speak, that is, to not make complaints in case of abuse by them. In order to overcome this, I set up an organization named ‘Action for Environmental Education, Gender and Sustainable Development in the Kivus’. Through this organization, I continued to speak, to decry many violations observed. It is in this context that I met with Ms. Neema Namadamu who was interested in my radio broadcasts. After a discussion with her, she informed me of the existence of a site that would help make my voice heard further, as it was my wish. In the line of thinking, the issues related to the increase of rape and sexual violence in the areas most prevalent with natural resources attracted and continues to attract my particular attention.

Without delay, I directly took my courage to join the association of World Pulse. Thanks to World Pulse, I speak freely, I produce several articles on the environmental situation of my country, I produce many pleas for the return for peace in the East of my country. Thanks to World Pulse, we try to promote peace between communities here at our home. Through World Pulse, Congolese women have repeatedly denounced war and its implications, but also the main actors of armed conflict in our home. Through World Pulse, the United Nations Security Council is seized through the voices of Congolese women, of the realities on the gross violations of human rights in the East of the DRC. Finally, through World Pulse, achievements have been seen gradually. We hope that the return of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be effective.

Suggestions:
-Our participation in the campaign against violence against women based on gender was very decisive. However, we need financial support in order to assist victims.
-Our country, the DRC is part of the French speaking countries, French is the most spoken language. However, we are seeking the capacity for us to express ourselves properly in the English language.
-Some of our email addresses have difficulty functioning with yahoo. This constitutes a handicap for our contacts. We ask you to contact the Yahoo service in order to resolve this issue.
-We have an enormous need for more materials in order to carry out our activities. These are laptops, voice recorders, cameras, cameras for taking photos…etc.
-We wish to have job or consultancy contracts with UN organizations and those of the UN system in order to enable us to be of service to women victims of violence on the ground.

NB. I offer my gratitude to World Pulse for allowing us to be in constant contact with women from around the world.

McKinley Secl

mikabo's picture

Tres, tres impressive!

Cher Madeleine,

Merci beaucoup pour votre article. S'il vous plait, excuse moi pour mon français...cest mauvais!
Je criox que vous avais bon courage et que vous etes inspirée...
Now for my native tongue:
You have accomplished so very much by raising your children, getting your degree and founding much needed organizations to help women and the environment. C'est formidable! Absolument~
I also find your communication is very good. Particularly, your ability to list the necessary tasks at the end of your article. This is helpful and very smart.

Thank you for your work!

Warmly,

MiKaBo

Ma chère Mikabo,

Grand Merci pour l'attention que vous venez de manifester à ma publication. Je me sens très très encouragée lorsque je lis toutes vos réactions y relatives. La grâce Divine m'a permis d'évoluer et de prendre à coeur mes responsabilités en tant que mère d'une famille, et non seulement mère, mais aussi en tant que papa pour les enfants que Dieu m'a donné.
Cependant, j'ai vite compris que mon action ne devait pas se limiter à ma petite famille. J'ai senti qu'il fallait être au service des autres femmes qui souffrent ici en DRC, des enfants mais aussi de toute la communauté. Malheureusement, nos efforts ont tendance à être vains par manque d'appuis pour concrétiser nos activités sur terrain.

Madeleine

mikabo's picture

Vous devrais jamais arrêt!

Vous devrais jamais arrêt! Votre vie n'est pas être vains! Cest tres important que vous faire maintenent.

What you are doing now is very important and I promise you, it is making a difference. Perhaps not in the time or the way we would want but none the less....keep on! We will change the tide.

I am thinking of you and all your community in the DRC. May justice come soon.

MiKaBo

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Thank You my sister

Merci infiniment pour tous l'estime et les encouragements reçus de votre part. Je suis unanime avec vous que les actions que je réalise aujourd'hui porteront des fruits à l'avenir. Notre planète est entrain de subir le choc de notre méchanceté. Nous devons la protéger. Malheureusement cette réalité n'est pas bien comprise par tout le monde.
A ce sujet, je suis entrain de vouloir entamer un vaste programme de sensibilisation des élèves au sei de leurs écoles sur la protection de l'environnement. Seulement, je me demande comment réussir ce projet sans moyens ?
Merci encore de penser à nous. Nous espérons qu'avec l'aide de Dieu et de toute les personnes éprises de Paix, la justice sera faite et la Paix durable s'installera un jour en DRC.
God bless you !

Madeleine

mikabo's picture

Madeleine, We are with you

Madeleine,

We are with you and all who struggle for freedom in the DRC. You help us in your courage. We are together with you and we will not stop until we are victorious.

Much Love

MiKaBo

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

SALUTATIONS

Bonjour ma chère. Je constate un silence de votre part. J'attends de vos nouvelles.

Madeleine

Bonjour Madeleine!

Je suis désolée pour l'absence! J'ai trouver beaucoup...
J'espere que vous et vos famille et trés bien!
Peut être nous pouvons communique a plus tard?

Je suis fait une transition, grand change de la beat!

A tout a l'heur cher ami!

Mikabo

MiKaBo

Merci beaucoup pour avoir fait signe. Nous tous nous allons bien bien en famille.
Merci et à plus tard.

MADELEINE

Merci Madeleine pour ton article.
Merci pour ton travail pour proteger l'environement de ton pays.
Mais avant tout, merci pour elever des hommes qui serront les leader du future et auront bien plus de respect pur les femmes grace a leur mere.
C'est un travail tres important que vous faites.
Merci encore.

Delphine Criscenzo

Merci Delphine pour ce titre d'honneur auquel vous m'élevez au moment où dans la plupart de nos pays africains, les veuves sont négligée, piétinée, leurs droits demeurent baffouées.
Merci infiniment pour tous vos encouragements. Nous espérons avoir plus de force pour poursuivre le combat grâce à vos conseils et à vos encouragements.
Quand aux initiatives de protection de notre environnement, nous manquons les moyens d'actions. Cela constituent un blocage pour nous. Nous comptons sur toutes les personnes de bonne volonté pour nous faciliter cette tâche.
Je compte sur vos plaidoyers auprès des partenaires qui interviennent dans cette thématique.

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