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Women’s and Girls’ Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo: What Future?

Despite international attention to the issue of sexual violence in conflict, and some formal advances in the field of women’s rights, the situation of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly of those exposed to multiple factors of discrimination remains extremely concerning. As the DRC opens a new chapter in its history and undergoes its 8th review by the CEDAW Committee, the rights of women and girls and their effective participation must be at the center of the new government’s priorities.

This event will address issues affecting Congolese women and girls, including the impact of mining activities, gender-based and sexual violence, women’s participation in political and public life, the impact of armed violence on women, particularly in Kasaï and Ituri, as well as the situation of indigenous women.

 

Speakers:

Sandra Ngoy Boyoo, Youth Coordinator, WILPF RDC

Sr. Nathalie Kangaji, Director, Center for Legal and Juridical Aid

Thijs Van Laer, Programme Director, Prevention and Resolution of Exile, International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)

Marie-Joséphine Nthsaykolo, CEDAW Women’s Synergy

Mochire Mwenge Diel, Provincial Director of PIDP North-Kivu National Expert on Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority issues

 

FR/EN interpretation will be provided.

The event is open to people holding a badge to the UN, but will be live-streamed on Franciscans International’s Facebook page.