In Eastern DRC, women make up only 15% of the total students enrolled in law schools. After being inspired by the work of female lawyers working in ABA ROLI's legal aid clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a generous private donor helped create our Legal Scholarship Fund for Congolese Women in 2011. That donor believed that those women demonstrated the consequential role that legal professionals play in protecting women's rights.
Since its inception, the program has expanded thanks to the support of individual donors and Cynthia's Sisters, a group of dedicated advocates who inspire others to support female law students in DRC. These donors help talented Congolese women realize their promise and discover their passion for the rule of law.
This scholarship is more than just a dream come true, [but] a pillar upon which all my hopes are borne—the chance to see a better world where women assume their rightful place.
Please consider supporting these young women as they strive to make their dreams—and full realization of women's rights in DRC—a reality. Your contribution to the ABA ROLI Legal Scholarship Fund will help cover the costs of tuition and fees, as well as student participation in two internships with local organizations, courts and ABA ROLI's own legal aid clinics. The average cost per student is just $1,700 annually, and $7,000 can support a scholarship recipient through graduation.
Click here to make your online donation by designating "DRC Scholarship Fund."