Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ms. Passy Mubalama is a Pro-democracy and women’s rights activist with experience in promoting women rights, democracy, human rights in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is Founder and Executive director of Action and Development Initiative for the Protection of Women and Children affected by conflict (AIDPROFEN), a nonprofit organization that promotes women’s rights, women political participation in the eastern region of DRC. Her personal experiences reporting human rights violations from Goma’s Internal Displaced Population camps inspired her in 2011 to found AIDPROFEN and support women and girls survivors of sexual violence victims of conflict in the eastern Congo. Passy has a degree in Management for Development in DRC, a Certificate in Human Rights and gender issues by Equitas in Canada. For her notable work to promote women rights in DRC, Ms, Mubalama received in 2014 a Mandela Washington Fellowship from the Young African Leaders Initiative, in 2018 Passy received the Reagan Fascell Democracy fellowship award in Washington DC researching on Promoting women and girls political participation overcoming cultural barriers. In 2019 Passy was selected as one of five changemakers by 11.11.11. Passy has created a women movement in the DRC where women and girls are advocating for their own basic rights, making their voices heard in a conflict zone in the DRC.