NEW V-Men Column: "Why I Am A V-Man" by Vava Tampa
Vava Tampa is the founding director of Save the Congo -a not-for-profit and non-political global campaigning organisation working to raise awareness of the human tragedy overwhelming the Congo, and to change social condition that often give rise to wars, poverty, corruption and abuse. Born in the Congo, Vava uses the transformative power of story to challenge, inform, and entertain his audience on many of the key issues of the day.
Growing up, I do not recall having ever thought deeply about equality of the sexes. When friends ask why I work for Save the Congo, I have always responded that I became an activist by accident; and remained one out of necessity. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would become a foot soldier in the cause of justice and human dignity. The fact that men and women were not treated equally did not occur to me as a boy.