Consolee Nishimwe is an author and motivational speaker, and a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She went through the horrors of genocide at the age of 14 when she and her family were forced to leave their home in Rubengera, Kibuye and go into hiding when the genocide started. Unfortunately, during the course of the 3 month long genocide, her father and three young brothers were murdered along with many other close relatives.
Today, Consolee is a committed speaker about genocide and sexual violence and is an advocate for survivors like herself who suffered physical and emotional torture. She is a staunch defender of women’s rights.
In 2012, Consolee released her memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope. Her horrible story is sharply contrasted by her resilience and message of love. Rather than vengeance, she instead relies on tolerance, faith and love. Consolee Nishimwe refused to let the inhumane acts she suffered strip away her humanity, zest for life and positive outlook for a better future.
In recognition of her courage and accomplishments, Consolee was awarded the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award and the NSANGA STEP UP Service Award. She was recently hailed by the Together for Girls Organization in SAFE Magazine Issue #1, as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children.
She has been featured on FOX 5 TV New York, The Huffington Post, POZ Magazine, several radio programmes and University newspapers, and has appeared as a panelist and speaker at the United Nations and at a number of educational institutions of higher learning including Yale, NYU, Columbia, Lehigh, Marquette, Brandeis and Georgetown Universities.
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