- Region: Africa
- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Democratic Republic of Congo
- Position: Executive Secretary and Founding Member
- Organization: Congolese Women's Caucus
- Expertise: Conflict Resolution
Although more than three million people have died since the devastating conflict in their country began, Congolese women have designed innovative peace-building initiatives. Barred from acting as negotiators in official negotiations, women throughout the country have organized demonstrations, marches, and conferences to spread their message of nonviolence. Monique Kande is president of the International Foundation for African Women for Development, a pan-African organization dedicated to women’s capacity building, and a founding member and executive secretary of the Congolese Women’s Caucus. Created to push for women’s involvement in the Inter-Congolese Dialogues, the Caucus brings together women from different sectors and the full political spectrum. One of their major achievements was the successful inclusion of an article in the country’s transitional constitution banning discrimination against women. Ms. Kande has also advised the ministries of defense and interior on administrative and financial issues. Ms. Kande is a member of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and the World Federation of Women for Peace. She also serves as an expert for UNIFEM and All Africa Women for Peace, developing strategies for the integration of women at all levels of society. In 2004, she was named gender adviser to the Office of the UN Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region in Nairobi. She received her graduate degree in political science from the Free University in Belgium, and a certificate in women’s studies from Pittsburgh University. Ms. Kande received the title “Peace Ambassador” from the World Inter-Religious Organization and Special Award “Tshimpa-Vita” from the Congolese Women’s Caucus for the promotion of human rights and peace.
Last Updated: October 2006