I just found out about AFEM, a non-profit organization of women journalists from South Kivu created in 2003 “to promote women’s rights and development through media”. Their activities to date include:
- reporting on sexual violence in Walungu, Kabere and Uvira territories
- campaigning against the media’s silence on sexual violence
- educating rural women on the importance of local elections
- providing media coverage for NGOs and companies
The most recent post was an announcement for the May 13 hearing in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones. Spotlight: DRC and Sudan.
Not surprisingly, I haven’t found information about this hearing in the mainstream media, but in blogs, websites, Facebook, and even Twitter (e.g. The Enough Project, Vital Voices (Facebook/blog), Danine Spencer (Twitter))…There are more things in alternative media than are dreamt of in editorial offices...
I will keep looking for follow-ups of this hearing.