Women's Rights Activist
Anny T. Modi is a Congolese activist whose areas of intervention are the promotion of the rights of women and girls and the rights of people living with HIV / AIDS and survivors of gender-based violence in the DRC and the SADC Region. She was the Team Leader of the Gender and Children's Rights Group of civil society in the former province of Katanga. She has been recognized as a dynamic actress in addressing the difficulties of the most vulnerable populations and as such, UNFPA and the Provincial Government of Katanga have awarded her a "Certificate of Merit" for her leadership in promoting the rights of the girl (May 2014). She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the "Dynamics of Women's Youth for the Promotion, Protection and Defense of the Rights of Young Women" (DYJEF), a network of young women's NGOs whose main objectives are youth girls and young women’s mentoring, economic empowerment, leadership and skills development as well as effective participation in decision-making processes in their communities in the DRC. She is also Executive Director and co-founder of AFIA MAMA, which means "women's health", an organization whose primary objective is to improve the well-being of women, in particular the eradication of stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV / AIDS and gender-based violence surviors. It is from these many experiences that she was selected by the Swiss Embassy in the DRC to represent women's youth in a think tank on the status of women in the Congo, which also included parliamentarians, honoraries ministers, religious and community leaders, and representatives of civil society. At the subregional level, she is a member of the steering committee of the SAYWF (Southern African Young Women Festival). In this capacity, she coordinated the 2013 edition organized in Kinshasa. Currently, she is in charge of capacity building at La Pépinière, a program funded by DFID and which tests theories and practices on the economic empowerment of adolescent girls. She was previously Girls Engagement Advisor of the same program and established the Girls Research Unit. Anny is currently preparing a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and is working as a Gender Consultant and on several panels. She is also an English-French interpreter.