Thérèse Mema Mapenzi

Chair of Integral Human Development Committee

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Thérèse Mema Mapenzi is the Director of Centre Olame Bukavu, which works for integral promotion of women and girls especially with the survivors of sexual Gender Based violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

 Thérèse graduated with a Master degree in peacebuilding from Coventry University and a College Degree in English African Cultures in her native city of Bukavu. She went on to do a course on psychosocial care in Rwanda, conflict transformation in Germany and Gender Mainstreaming by Folke Bernadotte Academy .

Thérèse worked as a psychosocial assistant and managed trauma centres in the Archdiocese of Bukavu for 10 years and as SCIAF local Coordinator in the Great Lake region for 3 years.  

She has received international acclaim for her fight against Sexual and gender-based violence. In 2014, she was awarded the Coventry Prize for Peace and Reconciliation, In 2015 the Shalom Prize in Germany and in 2018 the Human Rights Prize from the civil society of Bukavu in DR Congo.