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2016_cgi_membersealEquimundo will participate in this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, a yearly opportunity for global leaders to amplify and engage with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, from September 19 to September 21, in New York.

Benoit Ruratotoye, Research and Training Director at the Living Peace Institute – Equimundo’s affiliate in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – will join American actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck, former United States’ President Bill Clinton, and others to present at the meeting’s closing plenary session. He will speak about his experiences, as part of Living Peace, working to prevent violence in post-conflict settings by engaging men and boys as a critical strategy to advance gender equality.

The Living Peace initiative uses evidence-based psychosocial support and group education for men and their partners, coupled with community outreach, to help participants develop positive coping strategies and healthy, nonviolent relationships. Benoit will discuss the impact of his work with Equimundo to implement Living Peace’s approaches and methodologies across the Great Lakes Region of Africa, sharing his expertise to help shape the global development agenda.

Equimundo has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative since 2011, when the organization and its partners committed to launching MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign. Five years later, the campaign has grown into a global movement active in more than 40 countries around the world.

About CGI

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative has served as a branch of the Clinton Foundation to bring together leaders creating and implementing innovative approaches to the world’s most critical challenges. The annual event has provided a space for government heads, Nobel Prize laureates, philanthropists, business leaders, activists, and the media to convene and collaborate.

According to the foundation, members announced 123 new Commitments to Action last year, expected to impact more than 15 million lives around the world when fully funded and implemented. To date, more than 3,500 commitments have been made, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

As a result of Hillary Clinton’s current presidential bid, the foundation is scaling back its work and media have reported this year’s event will be the last of the CGI Annual Meetings.

Learn More

Watch the CGI Annual Meeting’s Closing Plenary Session, featuring Benoit Ruratotoye, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm EDT on Wednesday, September 21.

Join the conversation online using #CGI2016.

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