IMA Project Manager Yvette Mulongo Kabwe shares lessons learned from the USAID-funded USHINDI and Women Leadership Projects.

Yvette Mulongo Kabwe is a Project Manager at IMA World Health and a technical advisor in Family Planning and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and will be accompanied by Steven Brewster, Chief of Party, Ushindi, IMA World Health.

Yvette has worked for 19 years with SANRU and IMA World Health, FBOs which are working in partnership with other local FBOs to implement Primary Health Care and SGBV projects in the DRC. Now she is the Project Manager of the Women’s Leadership Project, integrated in ten health zones in eastern DRC.

Her inspiration for this work comes from her grandmother, who was a hospital chaplain in a rural area of Northern Katanga province DRC, and from her father who was a Methodist pastor. She saw, as a child, women die— neighbors and friends losing mothers. It wasn’t until she became an adult, after finishing her studies, that she understood the connection between the early deaths of these women and the society they live in. Lack of education; illiteracy coupled with the low status of women; weak health due to numerous, close together, early and late pregnancies and their health consequences; psychological trauma due to gender discrimination; war with its corollary effects on women’s lives; as well as the suffering due to harmful practices, condemn women to poverty.

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