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Women for Women International - DRC

Audry Shematsi serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo. 10 years of work experience in the humanitarian and development sector with organizations such as Oxfam, Tearfund International, and ActionAid. Audry’s activism for gender equity started in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she implemented programs that contributed to the consideration of women concerns at the center of all peace negotiations.

On March 23, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres called for an immediate global ceasefire in response to Covid-19, urging: "It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives."

But six months on, the appeal for global unity and solidarity has had little impact on levels of violence worldwide.

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