Rebecca Masika Katsuva


Rebecca Masika Katsuva born Democratic Republic of Congo May 26, 1966 (d. 2016). “Mama Masika.” Victim of multiple wartime rapes; set up refuges for rape victims, South Kivu.


I decided that I had to do something empowering for myself and for other women. To help women move from the state they are in today and reconnect with the women they were before. We wanted to show them that just because they have been raped, this is not the end. They can start again like me. Despite everything I went through, I am still standing and they can do it as well.” (Oct. 10, 2013, 7th Front Line Defenders Dublin Platform; photo frontlinedefenders)