Sunday, January 6, 2013

Congo 'Hero Women' Seize Internet Control

Maman Shujaa (‘Hero Women’) of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Enough Project,
a partner of the media group,World Pulse based in Oregon, "...200+ grassroots women leaders who have been using their own homegrown Internet café to report out about life in their war-torn region (of the Congo). For the past two weeks, they have been flooding the wires with their signals of distress. 'Please pray for us,' they cried.Enough is enough'...They call themselves 'Maman Shujaa' or 'Hero Women.' From Bukavu—just across Lake Kivu from Goma—they tease each other and fight over 12 computers that take ten minutes to load one page...Despite cramped quarters and outdated technology, these hero women are using the World Pulse platform to organize, to strategize, to share their messages with the world. Recently, they started to dialogue with the women of Liberia who staged their own revolution and managed to elect a woman president. They are forming connections that have the potential to transform their homeland."

Their efforts recently included a petition that urges  t women leaders in the White House—Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and Michelle Obama, specifically—to take immediate action and end the violence against women in their region.

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