what we do
Stand With Congo supports the critical human rights struggle through its commitments to lead global advocacy efforts, increase civic space in Congo, and amplify nuanced messages reclaiming the narrative of a vibrant hopeful Congo.
Stand With Congo works in collaboration with local Congolese activists, civil society, partners, and experts to coordinate actions that aim to end cycles of corruption and challenge those who stand in the way of democratic elections.
Screening4Action hosts are trained by the support team to screen the Stand With Congo film and empower audience members to take action in support of Congo peace.
Join organizers from 17 countries and counting by hosting a screening in your community
US Congressional Advocacy
The peace movement is strengthened when elected officials speak out in support of human rights and democracy in Congo. Stand With Congo is organizing free trainings to prepare you to meet your Member of Congress.
Sign up to be trained in U.S. advocacy and meet your member of Congress
Congolese political elites have been issued a virtual ‘blank check’ through shady deals with multinational mining corporations, funneling much-needed funds away from health, education, and the security sector, and the finantial support needed to resist democratic efforts. Stand With Congo organizes activist communities in Congo and surrounding African nations, the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, in 17 countries total to lead the push for transparency in the extractive industries to ensure all such dealings in Congo meet international standards. Join this push for mining transparency and sign our human rights petition.
Stand With Congo is reclaiming the narrative in the global media.
increasing civic space
We produce multimedia and coordinate high level stakeholder events that focus on economic interests, international norm setting, counter the current narrative, champion diplomatic engagement, and foster resilience to increase civic space.
Congolese activists in DRC and the diaspora launched a December campaign calling on President Kabila to respect democracy and step down by the constitutionally mandated deadline of December 19th. Stand With Congo amplified these efforts daily as part of the #ByeByeKabila
& 19 Dec #KabilaMustGo Campaigns.
Release Congo's Future Campaign
Leaders from the non-violent pro-democracy youth movements in Congo have been arrested and tortured for acts as simple as handing out flyers and speaking out for respect for the Constitution.
#StandWithCongo supports the LUCHA-led campaign demanding the release of their compatriots, #LiberezLavenirDuCongo (Release Congo's Future)
reclaiming the narrative
We produce daily multimedia content, weekly storytelling series, and film to reclaim the narrative of a dynamic hopeful Congo.
I #StandWithCongo series
“Congo is a school of life. At Maison des Jeunes, project Foyer Culturel de Goma organizes artistic events, such as the Amani Festival, with artists from multiple countries and cultures. They perform songs in Swahili about what is going on here for audiences of 33,000 people across 3 days. These performances are a rare opportunity for those from all ethnic backgrounds not to spit insults but to come together, hold each other accountable, and share truths about common experiences through art."
"Children working in the mines often lost both their parents. Action Kivu conducted interviews and children told us: 'we are being used in the mines and not given any other opportunity.’ We took action. We extended our existing Educational Assistance Program with support of Jewish World Watch for war-affected children around the Kalimbi tin mine site in Nyabibwe. As mines are increasingly adhering to international standards and becoming certified conflict-free."
"Women look at you after the interview as if they’re waiting for you to bring the solution. We only had a microphone – we couldn’t bring a solution to those women. But after reflecting we said, ‘Why can’t we use media to highlight these stories and challenge the silence? We can tell what is going on in Congo, even when people are silenced.’ So we created the organization AFEM. That woman I mentioned has now become a journalist and she is telling the stories of other women in her community."