Telling the Whole Story: Gender Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Boston University Program on Crisis Response and Reporting in partnership with the Washington D.C.-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting presented a two-day event on February 27 & 28, 2014, exploring gender violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

DRC has been called the “rape capital of the world,” yet measuring the magnitude and impact of gender violence remains difficult. Human rights abuses in the Congo have been covered widely by the media, but are we hearing the full story? Boston University and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting convened a panel of journalists, public health experts, artists, and activists to discuss the challenges to accurate, nuanced reporting on Congo.

Panelists included:

  • Fiona Lloyd-Davies, Pulitzer Center grantee and award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist who’s been making films and taking pictures about human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992.
  • Dr. Susan Bartels, physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Maman Jeanne Kasongo, Founder and President of the Shalupe Foundation, a Boston and Kinshasa-based nonprofit serving women and youth.
  • Sekombi Katondolo, a Goma-based media activist and CEO of Mutaani FM, the fastest growing radio station in Goma and promotes young artists and uncensored news reporting “by Congolese people for Congolese people.”

Please click here to listen to part I of the panel discussion.

Please click here to listen to part II of the panel discussion.