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Global feminists— Gloria Steinem to Leymah Gbowee—join in solidarity with Congolese women

By Lucy Westcott | 

On computer screens thousands of miles away from one another, some of the world’s leading feminist figures joined in solidarity with women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the country’s first-ever women’s summit on September 14. For a country that marginalizes women’s voices in the extreme way that DRC does, this was a chance for powerful women activists to be not only heard, but globally supported.

Sixty-five women from all over DRC participated in the summit, which was held in the capital, Kinshasa. They appeared live on a large screen in a room at New York City’s Hunter College. The goal of the day was to strengthen women’s leadership roles in their communities, in peacebuilding, and in politics as the country continues to struggle through sectarian violence and the decades-long aftermath of brutal colonization. Continue reading 

Photo: Nobel Prize-winner Leymah Gbowee greets activists in eastern Congo in 2014. (Lauren Wolfe)

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