Women's rights champion speaks at ACU

Published: Thursday 30th July 2015

The Institute for Social Justice is delighted to welcome Sister Angélique Namaika who is visiting Australia as UNHCR’s guest.

Sister Angélique, a Catholic nun, was the recipient of the 2013 Nansen Refugee Award - UNHCR’s highest human rights prize – for her ground-breaking work with women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Sister Angelique’s courage and achievements are extraordinary in a country widely regarded as the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.

She is based in the town of Dungu in the remote north of the DRC, an area ravaged by Lord’s Resistance Army violence.

Through her women’s refuge Maison de la Femme (House of Women), she has helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 displaced women and girls who have suffered rape, abduction, sexual slavery and other human rights abuses that have resulted in their ostracism from society.

Her projects include a UNHCR-funded bakery, a collective farm, sewing workshops and literacy classes that enable women to recover their self-esteem and gain the skills they need to support themselves and their children.

When: 1pm-3pm, Tuesday, 11 August. 

Where: North Sydney Campus, Tenison Woods House, Level 16 – Meeting Room 16AB,

Enquiries regarding the seminar can be directed to: isj@acu.edu.au