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PIFEVA (Pillar to Vulnerable Women Active in DR Congo) is a Congolese NGO supporting women and local communities against poverty and injustice created on June 04, 2004 in Bukavu in a context characterized by repeated wars, widespread poverty , malnutrition and hunger, climate change, violence against women, discrimination against indigenous women and girls, the spread of HIV / AIDS, the exploitation and use of women and children in mining plots, armed forces and groups as well as the massive displacement of populations following the multiple wars that occurred in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It all started from the most common example in Kivu: "a banana tree in charge of its production, of its leaves but unfortunately threatened by enormous bad weather (strong wind, soil infertility, erosion ...)". In such circumstances, a tree pillar is used to support the banana tree, protect it and prevent it from falling with all its production. PIFEVA will situate women, young girls and vulnerable and indigenous children in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the face of the violence and the precarious livelihoods of these vulnerable groups. the function of a humanitarian and development pillar for indigenous and vulnerable women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With the help of well-trained and experienced staff, PIFEVA has specialized and distinguished itself for more than a decade in the promotion of the rights of indigenous women and other marginalized women, gender and female leadership, the fight against violence. and gender-based, sexual and reproductive health, literacy, socio-professional and economic reintegration of women and young people in vulnerable situations, food security, the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions , the restoration and rational management of biodiversity by women as well as in the support of local communities in transformation of conflicts, in a perspective of fight against poverty and injustice in South Kivu in the east of DR Congo .
Decisions are taken in a concerted and democratic manner during meetings, in ordinary and extra ordinary assemblies as well as through contextual analyzes as well as participatory analyzes of the vulnerability of women who also participate in the design, monitoring and follow-up of actions. PIFEVA.
The women hold the leadership of this organization which is currently chaired by a woman president of the Board of Directors. who convenes and chairs the meetings of the Board of Directors as well as the organization of ordinary and extra ordinary general meetings of PIFEVA. The PIFEVA Board of Directors is made up of 5 women members while the executive team is made up of 8 people made up mostly of women led by a brave woman in the person of Véronique BULAYA (Project Coordinator).