Born in Bukavu, South Kivu, Douce Namwezi N’Ibamba is a multimedia journalist and founder of the non-profit organization Uwezo Afrika Initiative (www.uwezoafrika.org) which works for the promotion of young people, women and girls through journalism, culture, health and social entrepreneurship. She started producing radio programs at the age of 16 for a Catholic church radio station in Bukavu, before joining the Association of Media Women (AFEM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2018, with other young people from her city, she set up the organization Uwezo Afrika Initiative in order to contribute to the growth of the resilient capacities of young people and women in the face of conflict; improve access and control by women and young people to new communication technologies; improve the social roles and economic status of young people and women.
Douce’s work has been rewarded with awards at the level of the DRC and outside the country, including: 100 young pages of hope in partnership with UNESCO; the Great Lakes Region Initiative; the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhodes Island in the United States, UN Women; Island and UN Women, 100 Influential Women of the World 2020 by the BBC and 100 Influential Young People from Africa in 2021 by Avance Media.
She currently lives in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with her husband and 3 children.
“Take courageous action. No matter the age, no matter the sex, no matter what your social standing is. Only in this way will peace become not just a slogan, but a way of life.”
Douce Namwezi N’Ibamba