Néné Mainzana, President of CFLEDD, Coalition of Women Leaders for the Environment and Sustainable Development, has now seen CFLEDD become the go to organisation for women’s rights in environmental and sustainable development circles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But it wasn’t easy to get to this point:
“We started out very small, with very little funding, but even so we met resistance from some people, who said things like ‘Don’t listen to those women. They’re not capable of doing big projects like that. Don’t give money to those women – they don’t know how to manage it’ and so on.”
“Anybody who needs information or wants to be involved in questions of women’s rights now comes to us. There was a gap for an organisation that could fight for the rights of women within the context of the environment and natural resources, because women simply haven’t had a place at the table. We are now filling that gap.”
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