Since 2016, Sandrine has been the Head of Communications and Funds Mobilization at SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development) in the DRC. She co- founded and headed the ‘Women’s League for Development’ to combat sexual harassment at the university, and set up the current Gender Studies Department at the Université Protestante au Congo. Deeply involved in leadership among young Congolese women, Sandrine is one of the organizers of the Young Women Leaders Movement in the Congo.
How did you get into the work you do?
I began as a intern in 2014, I worked as a programme assistant and actually as a communication officer. I am motivated by the need to contribute to the welfare of women and young people through the defence and promotion of women’s rights.
What/who inspires you?
Mrs. Julienne Lusenge is one woman who inspires me.
What’s one thing you do for self-care?
To have a good massage, walk by the lake or visit the zoo.
What do you do for fun (when you’re not saving the world!)?
I like spending time with my family around a good meal, tell our stories and laugh.
Name a book, TV show, movie, poem, song, band, piece of art that you’d like to share. Why should people check it out?
“Questions Pour Un Champion” and “Des chiffres et des lettres”.
What are you most looking forward to at the conference?
Learn from others’ experiences about their realities as a feminist activists, and the opportunity to be mentored by great feminists who have made a difference in their society.
Coffee or tea?
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would like to invite my father and Simone de Beauvoir.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Predict the future of women in my country.
What was the last song you listened to?
“You are my African Queen”
What’s your favourite snack?
Mango juice and peanuts.
What’s your hidden talent?
My hidden talent is to sing.
Follow Sandrine on Twitter @sandrinetaly1!
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