#intfe Politkovskaja journalism award to Chouchou Namegabe

chouchou.namegabe_journalismaward_internazionale2013Chouchou Namegabe is not just an activist and Journalist in Congo. She’s a Heroine that everyday fights to give voice to the atrocities of raped Women of her country, coordinating AFEM, and  risking her own life.  I had the pleasure of interviewing her.After she received the Politkovskaja award by Internazionale at 2013 opening in Ferrara, she told me about the struggle to speak out the situation on European medias and much more.


The english translation from French of the audio-interview is also available.

S.G. A’ propos des histoires des journalistes et des activistes en Congo, comment raconter au mieux leurs histoires dans les medias europeens?

C.N. On fait des campagnes en fait, sur la liberté d’expression et aussi sur les violences sexuelles. ons s’est dit qu’il faut mobiliser les médias internationaux pour que le problème soit reconnu dans le monde entier.
En parler c’est agir et donc on s’est mobilisé pour faire parler de ce qui se passe en Congo.
Nous travaillons avec les victimes de violences sexuelles, nous enregistrons leurs témoignages, nous le diffusons dans les média locaux, mais par contre on n’a jamais entendu les média internationaux parler des memes témoignages.
Et bien si ces medias peuvent faire connaitre les atrocités qui subissent les femmes de Congo dans leurs médias, ça peut nous aider a appeler le monde à agir.
C’est seulment quelque média qui s’interesse, donc c’est un appel que  je lance aux mes confrères et consoeurs de s’interesser et parler de notre question.
Connaitre le problème et le partager.
Les journalistes sont aussi activistes, c’est le contexte qui me pousse, je ne peux pas rester sans rien faire.
C’est pour cela que je fais ce métier, je dois profiter de ce pouvoir pour aider les femmes.
On le fait pour l’interet de notre pays, pour l’interet de notre communauté.
Et surtout on le fait pour les femmes, de ces milliers de victimes.
Donc on se transforme aussi en activistes.
On est leur voix. On espère qu’un jour la situation changera.
Il faut que les journalistes Européens sachent et comprennent tout cela pour parler de nous, et ainsi nous aider.




S.E. When it comes to journalists and activists in Congo, how to count their stories in the European media at our best, to help?

C.N. We make campaigns on freedom of expression and also on rapes, we believe that we must encourage the Western media to act, so that the problem can be recognized and faced everywhere in the World. To speak about it is to act so it’s necessary to count what’s going on in Congo. We work with the raped victims, we record their witnesses, we spread them through the local media, but I’ve never heard of these materials on the Western media. They have the power to let the Western audience know what’s happening to the Women in Congo. This would help us to stop the violence. Only few media are interested in our cause, so I’m calling to all my colleagues to get involved in our situation. Knowing the problem and share it. As a Journalist I’m also an activist in Congo because of the context, you can’t just stay without doing anything to help the victims. That’s why I do this job, I have to take the advantage that it gives me in helping Women. We do it for our Country’s interest, and for our Community’s interest. So we become activists.  We are their voice. We hope that one day things will change. The European journalists have to know what’s going on , and understand it to speak on it and so help us.




STOP GENDER VIOLENCE WOLDWIDE. This was the core message of the events of the Festival related to Violence against Women also featuring Chouchou Namegabe, Urvashi Butalia, Rebecca Solnit and Mona Eltahawy. Extracts of their contribution are already available on twitter and more will be published tomorrow on the blog. 


About Odile Milton

I travel through words whenever possible. Odile Milton is my signature on the web as I wanted an alter ego to indicate only my writings and works, not my personal life. Odile like the dancer in black swan, and Milton from the novel An old-fashioned girl. View all posts by Odile Milton

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