Rebecca Kabuo

Rebecca Kabuo is a Congolese young woman activist who grew up in a context of war, poverty, social injustice and poor governance, which motivated her to join the nonviolent and non-partisan youth civil society movement LUCHA (Lutte Pour le Changement - Fight for Change). Kabuo has since become one of the main activists in LUCHA and a source of inspiration for many young women who have decided to fight for change in Congo, having co-organized more than 150 peaceful protests to demand access to drinking water, paving of roads, elections, free education, and improvement of living conditions for the people of the DRC, among other issues. In March 2017, she received the International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State, and in 2019, she received the Young Activists Summit award for women and girls driving progress. In 2020, she briefed the Geneva Summit on the situation in DRC and was spotlighted by OHCHR for her story as a human rights defender inspiring change in the DRC. Today, Kabuo is the coordinator of TENDO, an organization that works to assist prisoners, especially women.

At the Security Council

Rebecca Kabuo, activist with Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA), was invited to provide a civil society perspective and recommendations when the Security Council met to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security facilitated her statement but she did not speak on behalf of the NGOWG.