VOICES OF PANZI
Elle m'inspire DRC
Carry on the work on breaking the silence
Help survivors to raise their voices even louder
1. Participation to the liberation of the survivors voices
"When a woman is afraid to speak what has happened to her because she considers it a taboo, she protects her persecutor. Her silence multiplies the risks of others being raped. But if she manages to break her silence, shame will change sides and the rapist will know that his crime did not go unnoticed and that he will be judged and condemned. This will completely change the situation."
- Dr. Denis Mukwege
Carry on breaking the silence and the taboos, help the survivors to develop their ways of expression, so that they can share themselves, amongst themselves, is the first mission of Voice of Panzi. To talk about the trauma in order to reduce their impact so that they can start to build themselves back up is a work that they are already doing, and that together with can carry on. Just like in the podcast "Elle m'inspire", the survivors will be able to share their story to a person of their choice in the format of an hour long interview. Other that the therapeutic act of storytelling, the podcast will allow them to share their voices in their own country and internationally.
, to allow survivors to express themselves, to share amongst themselves is the first mission of this project. To talk about their trauma in order to reduce their effect and to be able to rebuild. As in the original podcast Elle m'inspire, the survivors will be able to share their stories to one another in an interview format of an hour or how long is needed.
2. Keep on breaking the silence and taboos.
Voices of Panzi: a podcast like no other
Voices of Panzi will be accessible to the whole world. Thanks to our many distribution partenaires, we will make sure that theirs voices are being heard from Kinshasa to Washington D.C. , from Haïti to Brussels. The fact that they will be able to share their stories themselves and not via a third party is the strength of the project. Their stories are their own, the training team are only there to give them the means to share them. Just as the survivors and Dr. Mukwege wished for, their voices will be heard over the borders, in order to bring awareness to the international community that needs to face its responsibility with regards to the conflict linked to the minerals.
3. Breaking the digital gap
“Don’t let success stories fool you: the worldwide digital divide is still increasing and Africa remains the biggest victim.”
- Soumitra Dutta, Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems, World Economic Forum
We are living in the digital age, its practically impossible to avoid the use of the internet whether it would be for professional or personal use. Nonetheless, on the African continent, only 28% of men have access the internet and this rate drops to 22% for women. That gap is even wider between urban and rural area where only 2% of villages have access to the internet.
With this project, the survivors of rape as a weapon of war will be trained and will develop precious skills to be able to use the internet in an intelligent way. Navigation, publication, communication and diffusion; from uploading their podcast on all the appropriate platforms to how to effectively communication on social media. They will come out of that workshop armed for the digital adventure.
More over, we hope to help them develop digital skills that will be useful in other professions and lead to acquire paid jobs within local NGOs, local radios, startups and to the monetization of their podcast.
The survivors will learn how to create their own podcast in 4 stages:
How to use a microphone and software to record their interviews. How to conduct an interesting interview, ask pertinent questions and structure an episode.
In pairs, the survivors will record their interviews. They will learn how to sharpen the sound and adapt it to different environment.
Mixing and the basis of editing: from using the software, edit, paste, adding background sound and save their recorded podcast.
A podcast doesn't have much use without its audience. How to distribute their podcast on the internet and promote it on various platforms and social media.
In order to ensure that their podcast is independently sustainable , the participants will learn how to monetize their podcast.
Independence: where freedom begins.
It's important for the survivors to be able to carry on producing their podcast after the training.
We will bring and leave all the material that they need.
Impossible to properly record, edit and distribute a podcast without laptops. The MacBook Air is light and can be transported everywhere. User friendly and efficient.
The second basics
A good mic makes a great podcast. It's essential that the survivors are able to record with a great, versatile and easy to use microphone. The Yeti Blue Microphone is the mic of all podcaster, simple to use, multidimensional recording options, its the #1 mic for beginners.
The best way to hear yourself
La crème de la crème of headphones, to be able to hear during the recording and for editing without having the outside world disturbing us, the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro are the headphones for all sound professionals.
Because without the internet, there is no podcast.
In order to able the participants to distribute their podcast during at lease three years: modem and 4G will be provided.
Podcasters, storytellers & communication specialists
Actress, teacher, producer and podcaster, founder of PRYSM: the organisation that sheds lights on women via various projects and media.
Host of the podcast ELLE M'INSPIRE, she will bring her experience to the training from how to produce the podcast to its distribution.
Journalist, podcaster and feminist. Lauren has been for 10 years, reporter then editor in chief of the ELLE France magazine before changing to Le Grand Journal of Canal +. Co-founder of the Nouvelles Ecoutes studio, she is also the host of the famous feminist podcast La Poudre. She will bring her experience to the project whether in the establishment of the training program as well as for the production in Panzi. Nouvelles Ecoutes is also a sponsor and media partner.
Wina Su BONDEKWE
Having grown up in the socio-cultural spheres of the DRC, Wine Su wishes to help and support women in her native country. Organized and thorough, Wine Su will brings these qualities to assist the team on all levels and especially around the crowdfunding and the communication strategy.
Estelle lives in Brussels, she is Belgo-Congolese. Congolese-Belgian. Intersectional activist, Estelle communicates on social media to inform and bring awareness with regards to socials struggles via her podcast Sans Blanc de Rien.
Estelle will assist the team on all levels and more specifically she will be in charge of the social media as a community manager.
Get to know the story of Tatiana Mukanire:
Coordinator of the Mouvement National des Survivant.e.s de Violences Sexuelles en RDC.