Jocelyne Sacerdoce childhood was marred by so many things apart from being raped as a child by a cousin and his friend. Her father was resentful that she was not born a male, chased her from home in her youth days so she would not influence her younger sisters. Jocelyne tried to kill herself 3 times. She suffered from this blame and spent many sleepless nights in solitude.
One day she met another survivor who made her understand that her healing was possible. This childhood experiences made her understand the struggle of the girl child and this brought Jocelyne to create a NGO which advocates for girls rights, promote gender equality, underline girls issues in her community, fight against rape and plead for girls education. Her team commits to giving hope to the victims because they believe that survivors are the only ones who will end sexual violence because they know how much it hurts.
“We must accept to live, we must be educated as education changes destiny so we will change the world.” – Jocelyne Sacerdoce
The name of the organization is “club des défenseurs des droits de la fille”. It is a non governmental organization based in Goma that includes girls activists in North Kivu Province in the Democratic of Republic of Congo.