Manifestation with more than 20 thousand women closes the Third International Action
Wearing t-shirts, paintings, colorful dress codes of WMW, accompanied by musical instruments, songs and dances, women from all over the world and from all of the 11 provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo they marched on October 17 in Bukavu, to demand and call for peace and the end of militarization and using violence against women as a war weapon.
The concentration started at 8:30 hours planting trees as a memorial to women victims of violence in the Triangle of Nguba. From there, the march left around 10:30 h and walked on for almost 4 hours at the streets of Downtown Bukavu City until the Square “24 of June” (better known as “Plaza de la Independencia” “Square of the Independence”.
Once they got to the Square, Nana Aicha Cissé, a member of the International WMW Committee from francophone Africa, began with the official closure ceremony giving complete lecture of the Manifest of Women for peace in French, followed by the presentation of a summary in English and Spanish, elaborated respectively by Wilehlmina Trout (from South Africa WMW) and Marissa Zepeda (from Mexico). The Manifest was also read in Swahili by Adele Safi (from Cofas), who is member from the WMW Coordination in Sud Kivu.
The ceremony continued with the copy of the Manifesto delivered to the present authorities at the ceremony and speeches by Marie Ange Lukiana, Gender, Family and Health Minister in DRC, and by Olive Lembe Kabange, President´s wife of the Country, as well by the Province´s Governor. Afterwards the speeches, the thousands of participants in the march continued to get to the Square.
The day finished with the traditional and indigenous dance show, performed by “Entole of Bushumba” group that emboldened the Institute d´labanda in the last night of the event.