Law Firm Scholarship Program

ONE WOMAN. ONE LAWYER. ONE LEADER. lawyer-to-lawyer program

The DRC, Why It Matters

The United Nations considers the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be the worst place on earth for violence against women. Since 1999, over two million women have been raped, sexually assaulted, tortured and held as sex slaves. Millions more have been killed. To date, there has been little international attention and even less accountability for the men committing these crimes. The justice system in the Congo is weak, particularly in remote areas, so unspeakable atrocities often go unpunished and the violence continues.

What is Cynthia’s Sisters?

Two women who had witnessed the devastation on the female population in the DRC founded Cynthia’s Sisters in 2013. Cynthia was a child of rape we met in a center there.
We raise money to put girls through law school, enabling Congolese women to enter positions of power within the legal and political spheres of influence and thereby transform their own country.

Why Support Cynthia’s Sisters?

100% of donations go straight to the ABA ROLI Legal Scholarship Fund. We believe one lawyer can affect the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens over a career. Support strong, smart women to become the lawmakers, defenders, judges, and scholars of Africa with an effective, credible, and sustainable solution.

What is ABA ROLI?

The American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is the ABA’s non-profit helping promote justice and enforce human dignity in over 50 countries around the world. The Legal Scholarship Fund was formed in response to monies raised for scholarships in the DRC. Our hope is to expand the program to multiple nations in future.

It Only Costs $7,000 To Fully Sponsor A New Attorney

Your law firm can make a dramatic difference by funding the education of qualified young women. $7,000 will cover all expenses required for her to become a licensed attorney, including four years of tuition, books, and a yearlong internship at a legal aid clinic.

For more information please contact Jennifer Chapin @ 415-272-5499 or