Gender-Based Violence in the DRC

November 9, 2016

 

Globally, women face many structural barriers in regards to their economic, social, cultural and political freedoms. As well, women have often found themselves to become the targets of unsolicited violence for the sole reason of their sex. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congolese women have experienced this gender based violence. In a blog post titled “Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” The Eastern Congo Initiative explores the perspective of what it is like to be a female leader in a male-dominated society. The author of the article describes attending a conference where emerging leaders from 11 different countries met in order to discuss the author’s proposed Leadership Action Plan. The plan itself concentrated on “promoting positive masculinity to prevent sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC”. Through working to empower and educate women, the author hopes to avoid any further violence in the DRC against women. Establishing programs like the Leadership Action Plan, many policy makers hope for sustainability and ownership of the issue by locals in eastern DRC. Currently, the DRC is in a period of development in regards to gender-based violence. Moving forward, locals, non-governmental organizations, and decision makers will have to engage with one another in order to make violence against women a reality in the DRC.  

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