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International Women’s Day Features Justine Masika Bihamba March 5

By: Heather Calkins   Published 2:50 pm / March 1, 2012

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Boise State Department of Criminal Justice and the Women’s Center are co-sponsoring “An Evening with Justine Masika Bihamba” in honor of International Women’s Day. Bihamba is Founder of Women Synergy for Sexual Violence of the North Kivu, Congo.

She will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the Special Events Center. The evening begins with music by Global Lounge from 6:15-7 p.m. Admission is free.

Synergy is a coalition of 35 women’s organizations in the Congo who work to assist sexual assault and domestic violence victims. Since 1996, hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped by militia who view the act as a weapon of war.

Bihamba is the recipient of the Human Rights Defenders Tulip award for exceptional moral courage in protecting and promoting the rights of fellow citizens and she has met with President Obama’s administration and members of Congress about the need to address the root cause of sexual violence.

Additional sponsors for the evening include the Artisans for Hope, Dunia Marketplace, FACES, Idaho Human Rights Education Center, Idaho Office for Refugees and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

Bihamba also will speak at a luncheon at noon that day at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center at 516 S. Ninth St. in Boise. She will talk about her life experiences in the Congo and her role in the promotion of women’s rights.

For more information, contact the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence at 374-0419, Ext. 308.