The Wilson Center's Africa Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to a program on Gender Based Violence in the DRC: Causes and Consequences. Gender-based violence is perhaps nowhere more prevalent than in the war-torn eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daily, women's lives are shattered by systematic, brutal rape and other violent atrocities. Please join us for a panel discussion with Kristin Kim Bart, Patricia T. Morris, and Dr. Denis Mukwege.

Kristin Kim Bart is the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Program Officer for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Patricia T. Morris is Director of Program Development at Women for Women International, an NGO providing resources and support to women in societies torn by conflict and poverty.

Dr. Denis Mukwege is a Congolese medical doctor who has devoted his life and practice to healing and providing hope to women affected by sexual violence. He is chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, which is supported, in part, by Catholic Relief Services.

The panel will be moderated by Howard Wolpe, Director of the Wilson Center's Africa Program. Ambassador Wolpe is a former seven-term Member of Congress and a former Presidential Special Envoy to Africa's Great Lakes Region.


  • Kristin Kim Bart

    Gender-based Violence Program Officer, International Rescue Committee
  • Patricia T. Morris

    Director of Program Development, Women for Women International
  • Denis Mukwege

    Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Panzi Hospital (Bukavu)