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UA celebrates Denis Mukwege

Photo by Christophe Smets Bukavu in South Kivu

Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner, former student at the University of Angers' Faculty of Health, who trained as a gynaecologist at the Angers University Hospital, will be visiting Angers on May 9 and 10 for Europe Day. On the programme for these two days: two conferences, a film debate and the opening of an exhibition of previously unpublished photographs.

Two conferences: "How to listen to victims of sexual violence?"

Conference #1 MONDAY 9 MAY: Medical and socio-economic responses 
from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Faculty of Health (Campus Santé rue Amsler - Amphi Averroès)

  • Medical pillar (session chaired by Philippe Descamps): From Panzi to the Nobel Prize for Medicine: The Red Line Initiative.
  • 3 pm. Medical and socio-economic care by Denis Mukwege.
  • 3:30 pm. Birth of a university diploma, by Bernard Crézé.
  • Discussion with the audience.
  • 4:30 pm. Socio-economic pillar. Introduction and France-Kivu "Providence of an encounter and 33 years of friendship and solidarity".
  • 4:40 pm. Alypa "Mongazon High School Association".
  • 4:45 pm. "Women in South Kivu standing up through group dynamics" by Marietta Merieau (AFDI Pays de la Loire - French Farmers and International Development).
  • 5 pm. "Rebuilding lives, rebuilding dreams" - The initiatives of Denis Mukwege's class of 2019 at the French National School of Administration (ENA) by Jennifer Schuetze-Reymann.
  • 5:15 pm. Discussion with the audience.
  • 6 pm. Closing of the discussions.

Conference #2 TUESDAY 10 MAY: Psychological and legal responses
from 2:30 pm. to 5:30 pm. at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business Studies (Campus St Serge, Allée F. Mitterrand - Amphi Bodin)

  • 2:30 pm. Denis Mukwege, "What justice for the Democratic Republic of Congo?"
  • 2:45 pm. Véronique de Keyser and/or Adelaide Blavier, "Which psychological care?"
  • 3 pm. Muriel Salmona, " How to handle psychotrauma?"
  • 3:15 pm. Isabelle Fouchard, "How can international criminal justice listen to victims?"
  • 3:30 pm. Antoine Garapon, " How can transitional justice listen to victims? Feedback from experience in the CIASE".
  • 3:45-4:15 pm. Discussion with the audience.
  • 4:30-5:30 pm. Public recording of the France Culture radio programme "Esprit de justice". Discussion between Antoine Garapon & Denis Mukwege.

These two conferences will be followed by a book signing session of his book "La force des femmes" (with the bookshop Librairie Lheriau).

An exhibition of unpublished photographs by Christophe Smets

The exhibition will be on display until 9 June at UA (Qu4tre - culture service) and at the Angers University Hospital (Sainte-Marie chapel and Le Fenouil kiosk):

Named SAKIFE (Women's Health in Kivu), this exhibition of photographs by the photographer Christophe Smets with texts by the journalist Olivier le Bussy was created in Congo with the support of many partners, including UA, as part of a project run by La Boîte à Images (the picture box).

A recurring theme in the work of Belgian photographer Christophe Smets is the condition of women in the world. It has already inspired him to undertake various projects addressing violence against women, poverty and the fight against female circumcision.

Spurred on by his curiosity, his commitment, his encounters and his desire to contribute at his own level to improve the world, he felt the urgent need to set up a photographic project for the Boîte à images ( on the various aspects of women's health in the provinces of South and North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This interest led to a journey and gave birth to this exhibition entitled SAKIFE.

Developed in partnership with several associations, non-governmental organisations and universities, the exhibition is intended to reach and raise awareness among a wide audience. SAKIFE aims to give the most accurate account possible of the often precarious situations that women in eastern Congo experience, but also to present what they are doing, with the support of various actors, to improve their daily lives and build a better future for themselves and their children.

A film screening and debate in his presence: The Empire of Silence

Monday 9 May at 8 pm. at the Cinéma Les 400 coups in Angers, with the film director Thierry Michel.

240 seats. Price: €4.90

For twenty-five years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart by a war that has been largely ignored by the media and the international community. The victims number in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. The perpetrators of these crimes are countless: rebel movements, but also armies, those of the Congo and of neighbouring countries... All seem to be caught up in a dizzying spree of killings, for the sake of power, for the sake of money, in order to monopolise the Congolese wealth with complete impunity, in the midst of general indifference. Travelling around the country with his camera for thirty years, Thierry Michel has witnessed the struggles, the sufferings but also the hopes of the Congolese people. Relaying the plea of Doctor Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and in the continuity of his previous film The Man Who Repairs Women, he retraces the sequences of this merciless violence that has ravaged and ruined Congo for a quarter of a century.