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MADRE mourns the loss of Zawadi Mambo Albertine, women’s rights advocate in the DRC

Zawadi Mambo speaking into a microphone during a panel event. She is sitting beside Julienne Lusenge, another member of our partner organization SOFEPADI.
Zawadi Mambo (left) sitting beside Julienne Lusenge of SOFEPADI. (Photo credit: SOFEPADI)

MADRE is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Zawadi Mambo Albertine, known to most as “Mambo,” National Coordinator of SOFEPADI (Solidarité Féminine pour la Paix et le Développement Intégral), who was killed in a plane crash in Goma on November 24, 2019. Both Mambo and her husband, Mashauri Delphin, were killed in the crash, along with approximately 25 others. Mambo and her husband leave behind six young children. Our hearts are with Mambo’s family during this devastating time.

Mambo’s organization, SOFEPADI, a MADRE partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addresses sexual and gender-based violence through the provision of holistic medical, psychological, legal and socio-economic care for victims, community mobilization and outreach, as well as advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.

A lawyer with training in public international law at the Catholic University of Graben, Mambo brought deep expertise in promoting and defending women’s and children’s rights to SOFEPADI’s work. As National Coordinator, she worked to advance all of SOFEPADI’s activities to bring peace and justice for women and girls throughout the DRC, including efforts to call for accountability and reparations for survivors of sexual violence.

Zawadi leading an exercise, providing instruction to the group. Zawadi participating in an exercise.

Mambo was a courageous and passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, and she cared deeply about her community and service for others. We stand with SOFEPADI in honoring her legacy by continuing to work for women’s human rights, accountability, and justice in the DRC.

November 26, 2019