On March 25th, the NGO Congo Yetu Initiative held a screening and panel discussion at the Ottawa Public Library downtown branch on the recently released documentary entitled “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”. This film takes on an emotional and challenging topic while endeavouring to help foster an informed and rational dialogue on the issue of “rape as a weapon of war”. Five years in the making, this project has traveled the festival circuit, screened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and garnered many awards and accolades. The panelists at the Ottawa event were Yvette Yende-Ashiri, a Congolese women’s and children’s advocate; Anita Vendenbeld, a Canadian international development consultant who trained aspiring women politicians in the DRC during the 2011 election; and Deborah Kitumaini, a Congolese activist who founded Fondation Pascal Kabungulu to continue her late husband’s human rights work. Event presented by: Women’s Federation for World Peace Canada, National Capital Peace Council, For more information on Congo Yetu Initiative ‘s activities, please contact Desiré Kilolwa at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Website: http://www.congoyetu.ca/.
Submitted by Sarah Onyango