“We are the ones who know the causes [of our problems]; we are the ones who can create change, who have the solutions, and we are the ones who can speak with traditional leaders to change the situation. We are the agents of change.”Julienne Lusenge, Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises
As the only women’s fund in the Democratic Republic of Congo Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises (FFC) plays a critical role in advancing women’s rights. Led by lifelong Congolese women’s rights activist Julienne Lusenge, FFC’s financial and technical support powers feminist activists seeking to end gender-based violence, increase women’s engagement in politics, support those displaced by conflict, and build peace within communities that have been torn apart by war, ravaged by Ebola, and impacted by COVID-19. FCC works throughout the country with a significant emphasis on fragile contexts in the East. FCC prioritized staff salaries and safety in the context of the pandemic, secured a vehicle to facilitate movement, invested in computers, and increased security for staff in Goma, an area of conflict.