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Official website of the U.S. Department of State's Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Field of Study: Civic Engagement
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Leadership Institute: University of Delaware
Passy Nabintu is a freelance journalist and activist with over seven years of experience reporting on social, human rights, and international justice issues from conflict-affected Eastern DRC. Her personal experiences reporting from Goma's camps inspired her to create her own NGO called AIDPROFEN in 2009. AIDPROFEN supports survivors of sexual violence and orphans with a goal to rebuild the torn social fabric in Goma's IDP populations. Passy has received training from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and uses multiple social media outlets for her reporting. She holds a degree in Management for Development. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, Passy plans to create a newspaper in Goma that will provide competitive salaries to journalists and encourage Goma's young population to read the news. Young female journalists will be recruited and the newspaper will be used as a platform to report on gender based violence.