The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT: Discussion on Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 323
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Justine Masika Bihamba, Pax Christi International Peace Prize Laureate of 2009, will speak on the crisis in Congo, her native country.

Bihamba is the founder of “Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des violences Sexuelles,” a coalition in Congo of 35 women’s organizations that promotes the dignity of women who are victims of sexual violence. The United Nations has referred to Congo as “the rape capital of the world.”

Hosted by Pax Christi USA, Bihamba is visiting the United States to brief U.S. officials on the need for a U.S. response to violence in the Congo.

At the lecture, she will be accompanied by Donatella Rostagno from the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc). The organization comprises 50 European non-governmental organizations focusing on peace, democracy and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. She is a specialist on issues of women and children subjected to sexual violence. She will also serve as an interpreter for Bihamba.

For more information, contact CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at 202-319-5999 or

SPONSORS: Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Center for International Social Development
MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or


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