a non-profit dedicated to the liberation,
strengthening, and empowerment
of women the world over

Who we are and what we do

Who we are

Hero Women Rising is a non-profit dedicated to the liberation, strengthening, and empowerment of women the world over. We believe that peace lives in the heart of women, courage is her bedrock, and wisdom is her word. We seek to advocate and support women-led projects and organizations dedicated to the amplification of women’s voices, the linkage of resources, uplifting women in leadership, education, economic development, and the unleashing and sustainability of women’s fulfillment and potential. Our logo is that of a great tree, deeply rooted, with Hero Women Rising as a living trunk whose ideas and visions become strong branches spanning .

Maman Shujaa

Formed and led by visionary Peacemaker Neema Namadamu, the Maman Shujaa membership grew from 10 to 200 in just a short time. Together they crafted and circulated a petition demanding the appointment of a U.S. Presidential Peace Envoy and a seat for Congolese women at the negotiating table. Their petition garnered over 100,000 signatures, and got them an audience with President Obama’s National Security Council. Shortly thereafter, Senator Russ Feingold was appointed as U.S. Special Envoy to DRC and the Great Lakes Region.


Together with world-wide Partners, Hero Women Rising supports and seeks to unleash and enable the potential of young Congolese women, promoting peace in Congo, rights for women and all other marginalized, and development for Congo that prioritizes its people and communities, its grand eco-treasures, and its natural resources.   You can be part of this grand vision, right now, by making a donation today!


Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations (SAFECO) was founded in 2012 and is an association of local women-led associations that work together toward women’s empowerment and community development. Through their synergy, the women’s associations support one another, strengthen individual capacities, and together work a development agenda that prioritizes human rights for all citizens ...