Rebecca Masika Testimony
They can start again like me. Despite everything I went through, I am still standing and they can do it as well.
I decided that I had to do something empowering for myself and for other women. To help women move from the state they are in today and reconnect with the women they were before. Despite everything I went through, I am still standing and they can do it as well
Rebecca Masika Katsuva was a human rights defender from South Kivu, one of the provinces in eastern DRC with the highest levels of violence. She opened a shelter for women victims of rape, for their children and for orphans. In 2002, Masika set up the organisation Association of Disinherited Persons United for Development (Association des Personnes Desherites Unies pour le Development – APDUD), to help women get medical treatment, make a living and start a new life. Despite the fact she had limited resources, she helped more than 6,000 women. Masika had a heart attack and died on 2 February 2016, but she left a legacy that will endure and her courage will not be forgotten.