For 15 years, Panzi Foundation has worked to reduce the prevalence and impact of sexual and gender-based violence through holistic care and community outreach to promote an equitable and dignified future for all in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was the vision of our founder and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Denis Mukwege, whose daily work as a humanitarian and doctor has been bolstered by his advocacy efforts to support peace and justice in his home country.
On October 2, Dr. Mukwege announced his candidacy for the 2023 presidential elections in DRC and thus has recused himself from the leadership and governance structure of Panzi Foundation. While our work depends heavily on advocacy at local, regional, national, and international levels, as a non-profit, non-governmental organization, Panzi must remain politically neutral with regards to electoral candidates and their associated campaigns. As such, the organization will defer all questions and inquiries received regarding this decision to Dr. Mukwege’s campaign team (contact details below), while we continue our focus on providing the highest-quality care possible for survivors.
Dr. Mukwege has dedicated 40 years of his life to the humanitarian sector, to the fight against sexual and gender-based violence, and to advocacy for justice and peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa and around the world. We thank him for his leadership and wish to emphasize the tremendous impact he has had and continues to have on the lives of countless women and girls through his service to Panzi. In his absence, we pledge to faithfully continue the organization’s mission to support survivors, driven by the same humanistic vision and aspirations for justice and peace.
We will continue to support communities, provide holistic care services, and call for justice and peace with the same dedication and expertise we have always had, regardless of the course and outcome of the Presidential elections. It is our fervent hope that our continued efforts, with the support of our cherished partners, will honor the tremendous legacy that Dr. Mukwege has safeguarded with our keeping.
Contact person campaign:
Monsieur Biselo-Ndosimau Eric
Tel 0991 053 123/ 0822 653 161