Solange lives in Bukavu, a city in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Solange is a formidable activist with years of experience advocating for gender equality in Congo. She is particularly outspoken for increased women’s political participation in Congo and for Congo’s government to implement legislation that promotes women’s rights.
As Executive Secretary of the South Kivu Congolese Women’s Caucus for Peace, Solange works to amplify women’s voices around the decision-making tables – and peace tables – of Congo. The Caucus brings together female leaders across eight districts in South Kivu to demand Congo respect its gender-specific national and international commitments, particularly UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Caucus also calls on the international community to urge the Congolese government to protect and restore women’s rights in political participation.
Solange is an active member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence. Alongside the Campaign she traveled to the African Union Summit in 2013 to demand action from Congolese authorities to stop rape in conflict. Solange continues to urge African leaders to address the situation of violence against women in the Congo.