Impact of World Pulse on rural women and girls from Mwenga in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Véronique BULAYA
Posted November 13, 2019 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

While working in Mwenga territory, as World Pulse Ambassador, I spent my day today at the presentation of World Pulse to the women of a virtually isolated village called "Kwangambwa" in the territory of Mwenga in the province of South Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I took the opportunity to organize a local digital empowerment training for women and girls in this village and help them know that this is their secure online space to tell their stories, connect to a global community and create the change they hope to see in their communities. Everything went well to the satisfaction of the women and girls beneficiaries. Unfortunately in Mwenga, less than 1% of women have access to new information and communication technologies and especially to the internet. The majority of these women are illiterate and do not know how to use computer tools in this current dynamic of globalization. Some of them confirmed to see a computer for the first time. It was at the same time a moment of joy and sorrow for these women victims of armed conflicts in eastern Congo.

Faced with this situation, the digital literacy of these women is a priority in Mwenga territory in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Hello, Veronique,

Kudos to you for organizing a digital training in Congo. I hear you on the limited internet and technological access. Those are truly barriers for women to share their stories online. Maybe there's another way for them to share their stories like they can share it orally, someone transcribes it, then someone posts it here. I know that would be a tedious process.

Great job on going out of your way to share World Pulse!

maeann
Nov 14
Nov 14

Karen, let's print our shirt too :)

Tarke Edith
Nov 17
Nov 17

Yes Meaan
I also support the the T shirt issure. hahahah.

Yes, let's do that Tshirt printing!

River
Nov 13
Nov 13

Are there practical things we women in the West can do to support the development of/access to digital learning and tools? Is it a matter of infrastructure or availability of devices to learn on? Or both? Donations of hardware? Money? I’m curious because I think women like these are some of the most important voices that need to be heard. Thank you for sharing and for your important work!

maeann
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hello Veronique,

Thank you for sharing how you have been doing your part as an Ambassador of World Pulse. Nice shirt :)

Anita Shrestha
Nov 14
Nov 14

Good

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Nov 14
Nov 14

Beautiful initiative
Sorry about the issue of a number of Women not having access to internet.This is a clear case of digital divide and social exclusion.
Anyway, never give up hope.
keep up the good work
Kindly follow me back.

Ekitah
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hi Veronique!
Thank you for your effort to bring these women to the digital world. Its is important for their voices to be heard and going digital is the easiest and safest means like we do on this platform. Thanks for your courage as an ambassador.

Lisbeth
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hi Vero,
Congrats on your amazing activity on introducing world pulse to your community members.
I feel you already haha. Keep the spirit of the ambassadorship up. Did you got a lot to join world pulse after your orientation?

I love your opening image! Very busy at work ha! Thanks for sharing and you do have a good day.
Regards

lizzymark
Nov 15
Nov 15

Great job dear,this will help them learn and know how and where to channel their voices

Tarke Edith
Nov 17
Nov 17

Hello Vero
You are great sister
Meeting the women right there in their subobs is great dear keep up .
I love your T shirt .sis
Thanks for sharing dear.