The Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo believes that an imbalance of power along gender lines
contributes to continuing conflict and economic disparity not only in Congo but throughout our world. UCBC is taking
practical steps to address the imbalance in its local context: the university educates equal numbers of female and
male students and incorporates gender studies into the content of student coursework.
The Spring 2008 Leadership course under the Communications Faculty organized a micro-enterprise group with several
women from the Beni community. Students worked with small women-owned businesses operating under community models
to offer direction and initial start-up capital. All women gained a positive return on their investment.
The Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo has an institutional relationship with the Protection of
Women, Unmarried Mothers, and Street Children, a local organization working against gender-based sexual violence.
Under the University's Community Engagement initiative, select students partner with the organization to develop
a broader awareness and sensitivity to women's issues.
Students and faculty participate in the annual Rights of Women Parade held in March. UCBC has also launched its
Women's Basketball team to encourage women students who are actively charting new roles and spaces for themselves in
a context that has traditionally not supported women's involvement in sports activities. The University continues to
integrate women's studies within coursework and to encourage personal student involvement with gender analyses.