Micheline Mwendike, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Micheline Mwendike
Democratic Republic of the Congo

iLEAP International Fellow, 2014

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Micheline’s Story

Micheline is an activist within Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) or Struggle for Change. LUCHA is a youth-led movement for dignity, hope, and social justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and leads non-violent campaigns with the mission to increase and improve the accountability of the nation’s politicians and encourage Congolese citizens to demand their rights.

Micheline dreams of a peaceful Congo that is “not abstract (like) NGOs and experts try to define, but where I can live fully, in a context where I can sleep assured to wake up the next day and work with dignity and freedom, and without fear.”

Micheline is looking forward to joining the iLEAP program to connect with other global social leaders. She explains that although they all may work on different issues, their common link is that, “we have all made the decision to fight for positive social change in our communities.”