Noella Kabale is a Gender Equality Activist, Social Entrepreneur, Peace Mediator in the refugee community and an alumna of our Feminist Leadership Institute. Following her training, Noella has been able to implement and multiply the knowledge acquired within her community ,create intensive awareness around peace building and conflict resolution at community level, and mediate conflict amongst community members at household and community level using the feminist ideology of promoting love, empathy, and unity.
I was identified as an African feminist by my sisters and community at an early age due to my promotion of gender equality. My eternal desire to serve my fellow women inspired my advocacy strategies, concerns and interventions into women issues. This came down from my mother because she introduced me to different women’s spaces and wanted me to own those spaces. This was the start for me and I have never looked back.
Noella shares that despite her passion, she continues to be challenged by inadequate resources to provide timely responses in specific areas of interventions around conflicts whenever they occur. She also added the lack of the transport facility when its comes to following up on the cases identified or when its comes to mediate at household level.
“COVID 19 created a total disruption for the kind of work I do” Noella added. She shared that it worsened conflict on both the family and community level due to the movement restrictions imposed by the government. My work requires physical engagement for follow ups but it became impossible.
My key priority for women, peace and security as a young woman from Democratic Republic of Congo is to greatly contribute to the advancement of the peace and security agenda and make peace not a commitment but rather a reality. I intend to do this by empowering fellow young women with knowledge around peace building and conflict resolution, so that we can work on the defined priority. Overtime, I hope to create a strong movement of women peace builders and mediators that are able oversee the situation around peace and security and inform the decision making processes at all levels.
Noella strongly believes in the great healing power of women. She especially encourages young women aspiring to lead, to grab all opportunities presented to them to lead and grow their networks. I’m very convinced that women working together, linked, informed and educated can bring peace ,security and prosperity into what feels like a forsaken world. As part of the Peace Centre’s leadership institute, Noella learnt the perspective of feminist leadership for peace and security as a transformative tool. This included the resolution 1325 that seeks to increase the participation of women in peace and security efforts which stands as a backbone.
Noella emphasized the importance of wellness in her activism. Noting “I have acknowledged that it is okay to take a break and have time to heal from the burden and burn out as a result of workload. I read a book, do aerobic exercises, create time to appreciate and celebrate the little win as I’m trying to recover. I also do yoga or visit a psychologist or talk to a friend I do trust.”
Noella is very passionate about peace building, conflict resolution, feminism leadership and entrepreneurship. She continues to dream and hope for my country and Africa as a whole is to see women making peace and security a reality, by building with our intellect the Africa we want to see in a measured and deliberate manner.