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Bukeni Tete Waruzi
Senior Program Manager Africa & the Middle East
Bukeni T. Waruzi, is the WITNESS Senior Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Lead of WITNESS Global Campaign on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence where he specifically supports women's rights activists to create effective strategies to fight for gender justice through video and other technologies.
Bukeni is an advocate with extensive expertise in the field of children affected by armed conflict and gender-based violence in conflict situations. Originally from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked for over nine years on child soldiers and children affected by armed conflict. He founded and served as the Executive Director of AJEDI-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, an organization working to demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers in the DRC and he also implemented AJEDI-Ka's use of cell phones as a means of documenting child rights violations.
Bukeni produced several videos on child soldiers and the spread of HIV/AIDS in the DRC . His advocacy and videos were instrumental in the International Criminal Court's first trial on child soldiers.
Bukeni studied economics at the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu (DRC) and Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Chaire Unesco in Bujumbura (Burundi).