Meet Aline Zawadi

Aline Zawadi is a young activist who graduated in economics from the University of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the founder and coordinator of the civil society organization Support for Indigenous Women of Walungu (Soutien à la Femme Autochtone de Walungu – SFAW), she is committed to empowering the indigenous pygmy women and girls of the Walungu territory and make them proud of their identity, including through participating in income generating activities such as market gardening.

Aline has promoted the setup of Economic Interest Groups (GEI) involving women from different communities with the aim to consolidate social cohesion among indigenous and non-indigenous households. She is also contributing to building peace by facilitating the establishment of peace and community mediation committees at the local level and with the involvement of local authorities.

Moreover, Aline is also engaged in promoting education. Through connecting seven destitute households to the Foundation Sentinelles, she has made possible the schooling of 15 children.

Together with Léa Babite from Jeunes Ennemis de la Faim (JEF), she will develop a peer learning project to build ICT and youth mobilization skills and lead community dialogues and digital campaigns on the discrimination of indigenous groups and youth’s priorities in socioeconomic development.