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 This year, ride for women in the DRC

July 8, 2019

By Thiago Macedo

In wartorn Democratic Republic of Congo, women are often the victims of sexual violence. In the country’s worst area afflicted by gender-based violence, women often seek help at Dorcas House, part of the Panzi Hospital.

PWRDF provides funding to Dorcas House and will designate funds raised in this year’s Ride for Refuge to this cause. Since 2014, PWRDF has participated in the Ride for Refuge, a national fundraising program encouraging people to form or join a team and ride in one of 31 locations across Canada to raise funds for their charity of choice. PWRDF’s fundraising goal for this year has been set at $30,000.

Panzi Foundation is led by Dr. Denis Mukwege, a fearless advocate for women’s health, who recently won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in helping women health from sexual violence. Through his foundation he became a global leader in fighting gender and sexual violence and created projects which provides medical care, psychological accompaniment, healing and re-integration into society for survivors of gender and sexual based violence. At Dorcas House, women victims of sexual and gender-based violence receive training in literacy and numeracy, job skills, small business management, micro-loans and other skills aimed at improving their livelihood

The 2019 Ride for Refuge takes place on Saturday, October 5, in cities across Canada. It can be a walk, a rollerblade, or pedal power of your choosing. To register as a team captain, please contact Thiago Macedo at [email protected]. To register as a participant, visit and choose the location that suits you.

If you can’t ride yourself, but want to support PWRDF, click our Ride for Refuge page, scroll down to the PWRDF team you’d like to support and make your donation. Thank you for your support!