Advocating for peace and justice, in DRC and around the globe.
Learn more about our advocacy efforts to advance change in DRC and end rape as a weapon of war.
Transitional Justice in DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been embroiled in conflict for nearly thirty years. Crimes continue because perpetrators (past and present) are rarely held accountable for their crimes, some of which can be considered crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity. We advocate for mechanisms of transitional justice to be implemented in the country, in order to end impunity and to build lasting peace.
The DRC is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mineral wealth. It is estimated to hold trillions of dollars worth of natural resources and raw materials that are used in everything from smartphones to lap-tops, cars to jewelry. Unfortunately, this rarely benefits the Congolese people, many of whom engage in dangerous and unregulated mining as a means to support themselves and their families.
Work ing with Civil Society /Organizations
Panzi’s innovative “Badilika” (Change) Program works to increase the accountability of the Congolese government and local authorities to protect human rights, reduce women’s vulnerability, and practice good governance. By making critical investments in local, Congolese civil society organizations and providing technical support and trainings, our Badilika staff is working to ensure that all Congolese citizens are aware of their rights, their responsibilities, and the accountability they should be able to expect from their leaders.
Sexual Violence in Conflict Around the Globe
The DRC is not the only place where rape is used as a weapon of war. Sexual violence in conflict has been reported in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Rwanda, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Sri-Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam and the former Yugoslavia. Panzi’s sister organization, the Mukwege Foundation, works to replicate Panzi’s holistic healing model in other areas of conflict outside of DRC; advocates for justice and accountability for survivors worldwide; and connects survivors to global and national networks.
“I dedicate the Nobel Peace Prize to women of all countries in the world, harmed by conflict and facing violence every day. to the survivors from all over the world, I would like to tell you that through the Nobel Peace Prize, the world is listening to you and refuses to remain indifferent. the world refuses to stand idly in the face of your suffering.” -Dr. Denis Mukwege
Nita Evele Fund
Nita Evele was a cherished member of the Panzi family, who served as member of the Board of Directors for the US office, and was Chair of the Board when she passed away unexpectedly in September 2021. Nita was a passionate and dedicated human rights defender and activist who cared deeply about the future of her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. All those who knew her remember her commitment and integrity, and in her memory, Panzi Foundation has begun the “Nita Evele Fund.” This fund will support those projects that were most dear to Nita throughout her work with Panzi: advancing the efforts of civil society, protecting democracy and transparency, and working toward lasting peace and justice in DRC.