The DRC is the third largest country in the African continent and home to 75 millions people. For several decades, the DRC has experienced armed conflict. In this context, sexual violence and gender-based violence is widespread in the DRC.

Being a women in DRC

Facing sexual violence, gender-based violence and inequality

The threat of sexual violence in DRC hinders the participation of women in many aspects of the society, and it contributes to gender inequality. However, the participation of women is an essential part of any solution given to this problem.

The input of grassroots organisations in the debate

Publishing an alternative report to CEDAW on “Gender-based violence and the small arms flow in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A women, peace and security approach.”

The report coordinated by WILPF’s DRC section looks into the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women using a women, peace and security approach.  It raises awareness on the impact that the flow of small arms has on the prevalence of sexual violence. It also reports on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.  It provides stakeholders with concrete recommendations aimed at improving the situation for women in the DRC.

The support of the international community, NGOs and States to women in the DRC

In order to give the opportunity to Congolese women to express their views and opinions on an international level, several NGOs and States have decided to create an ECOSOC side event on “ A different vision on women in the DRC” within the premises of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

This event is organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Linapyco and World YWCA in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Canada. We have the co-sponsoring of the Permanent Missions of France and the United Kingdom.

Please join the debate:

Date: Tuesday 9th July

Time: From 12:30 to 14:30

Location: Room XXV, Palais des Nations

An English-French-English translation will be available.

Sandwiches and drinks will be served.