Dr. Christine Amisi Notia and Christine Schuler Deschryver to Keynote Responsible Minerals 2020
Dr. Christine Amisi Notia is the Executive Secretary of Panzi Foundation DRC and a Congolese medical doctor. She was born in Lubumbashi, DRC, where she completed her primary and secondary studies. She received her diploma in general medicine from the School of Medicine in Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC in 1999 and holds a Masters in Public Health Sciences with a specialty in disease control from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. At the end of her medical training, she worked at Maleteser International as a medical supervisor in primary health care in rural health structures, then with Médecins Sans Frontières Holland as a medical supervisor in the HIV program in Bukavu. She has worked at Panzi Hospital since 2008, first as a consultant in the HIV department and then as coordinator of the hospital's fistula program. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Panzi Foundation since 2008, and is a researcher at Panzi's ICART Research Center. She has been Executive Secretary of the Panzi Foundation since September 2017, focused on the holistic care of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and the advocacy of women's rights. Panzi also works in mining communities to assist children and sex workers. She is married and the mother of 4 children.
CHRISTINE SCHULER DESCHRYVER is Co-Founder and Director of the City of Joy and V-Day Congo Director, she is also the Vice President of Panzi Foundation DRC. Christine has called Bukavu her home all her life. As Director of V-Day Congo and City of Joy, she oversees all aspects of V-Day’s work on the ground in the Congo, including the City of Joy and coordinating campaign activities on the local, provincial, and national levels. After her best friend was murdered in 1998, Christine devoted her life to the women of Congo and to ending ‘sexual terrorism.’ She is an internationally renowned human rights activist who has worked as a teacher, an administrator for CARE CANADA, and, for 13 years during the wars, as a lead for the German Technical Cooperation (for all projects in eastern DRC), where she oversaw a staff of over 300. She was named one of The Guardian’s Women of the Year for 2011 and travels widely advocating for Congolese women’s rights, and a stop to the plundering of DRC. She did the first documentary “Congo, Un Combat pour la Vie” (Envoyé Spécial-France 2) in 2003 to denounce the silent genocide in DRC and did many other films subsequently.