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Female Laywer from the Democratic Republic of Congo appointed at the International Criminal Court

Cordaid’s Women’s Leadership Program congratulates Irène Esambo on her appointment as lawyer on the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

On April 22, Irène has taken up her position with the ICC as one of the few female lawyer. Irène Esambo has been working as a lawyer for many years in Kinshasa, DRC and was invited to send her application to the ICC. Her expertise in dealing with cases of sexual violence, the rights of handicapped persons and other war victims like women and children will prove to be a great asset to the work of the ICC.

In DRC, Irène Esambo heads the Centre d’Études sur la Justice et la Résolution 1325. CJR aims to reform the security sector reform and has succesfully ensured the inclusion of a gender strategy in national government policies on police, justice and civil society. Cordaid’s Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security Program works together with Irène and CJR to monitor the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in DRC and to use the findings for international advocacy, linking this to the New Deal and post 2015 processes on fragile states. CJR is part of a larger network of civil society groups in DRC that advance peace and security. At African regional level, CJR is an active member of Awanich, a pan-african network of women peacebuilders that promotes active non-violence, especially the contribution young women can make to peacebuilding in their communities.

Irène Esambo recently participated in a training organised by Cordaid’s Women’s Leadership Program on successfully facilitating workshops with diverse stakeholders. The group included thirteen women and two men from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Israel, North East India and South Sudan, taking as a starting point that security can only be improved if all relevant actors are involved.

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