About the project:
Photographer: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu
Nonprofit: AFPDE - Association des Femmes pour la Promotion et le Développement Endogène
Agency: GVA Studio
Project Title: Raped Lives
The project will create sensitization tools for AFPDE, a Congolese women nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping sexual violence in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this province, sexual violence is widespread; local health centers report that an average of 40 women are raped daily. The Panzi General Hospital alone received 16,000 victims of rape in Bukavu, South Kivu’s capital, since 2000.
We will use the photographs in a sensitization campaign organized by AFDE to inform local communities about their rights, influence them to stop discriminating sexual violence victims, and incite the victims to abandon their silence and to take legal action.
This grant will enable me to create a series of portraits and interviews of women, victims but also lawyers or policewomen who have the courage and the determination to fight against sexual crimes and want to stop impunity by strengthening the Congolese judicial system.
About the photographer: After a B.S. in Business Administration and Management and a M.S. in Humanitarian Affairs, Gwenn began working for NGOs, mainly in Africa, in the fields of logistics and project coordination. In 2004, he went to Somalia where he specialized in Mine Action until 2007, when he moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gwenn continues to live and work as a freelance photographer there. Having spent several years of his life in conflict areas (Somalia, Sudan, DRC), he not only witnessed situations of great suffering, but also the inspiring courage often shown by the victims and humanitarian workers. Quite understandably, he decided to vouch for these difficult situations and for the work of the people determined to face them. For that reason, his main clients are humanitarian or development NGOs or agencies including the United Nations Human Rights Office, Mines Advisory Group,
The Carter Center, the Gloriamundi Foundation and Doctors Without Borders. In parallel, he also works as a stringer for AFP (Agence France Presse) and Jeune Afrique Magazine. In 2009, he was short listed among five finalists for the international photojournalism contest “Le Tremplin Photo de l’EMI,” and in 2010, he was short listed among the finalists of the Getty Images Grants for Good and the OSI Engagement Grants, and was awarded the “Prix Spécial du Jury” at the International Scoop and Journalism festival of Angers (France).
About the Agency: GVA Studio, established in Geneva in 2004, is managed collectively by Alban Thomas, Hervé Rigal and Gérald Moulière. The work team also includes a project manager and independent graphic designers. GVA Studio takes pleasure in letting the most basic things that surround us capture our imagination, with no preconceived restrictions and with a confidence that uncovering what is hidden beneath will bring us a certain pleasure.