Liliane Umuhoza

Founder, Retreat for Women Genocide Survivors

I was born and raised in Rwanda, and I graduated from Juniata College, in Pennsylvania with
a B.A in Peace and Conflict studies. I use my life experience of surviving the genocide
against the Tutsi, my education and non-profit work to advocate for increased awareness of
human rights abuses. Three years ago, I founded the ‘Retreat for Women Genocide Survivors’
a program that offers psychological and financial support to the women who experienced rape
during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. In the summer of 2017, I volunteered two
months in Israel at Yad Vashem World Holocaust Museum, learning and sharing the history
of Rwanda and Israel. I have spoken at different events related to the Genocide, mass
atrocities, Human Rights and women’s empowerment: at the UN, The Embassy of Rwanda in
Washington DC, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, Oregon Historical
Society Museum and different universities like Duke, Yale, Tufts and Leeds in the UK. I am
dedicated to keep fighting against injustice, passionate to support under-served communities
and population affected by violence, and raise my voice in service of those who cannot raise

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