On 19 March 2018, Mrs. Jeanine Bandu Bahati of Encadrement des Femmes Indigènes et des Ménages Vulnérables (EFIM) briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in the DRC. She shared civil society recommendations on the political and humanitarian situation of women and girls in the DRC.
EFIM works primarily on the promotion of peace, gender and development in the DRC. Its other focus areas include the prevention of armed and community conflicts, as well as the protection of female survivors of violence. EFIM’s vision is to strengthen community mechanisms for the promotion of human rights particularly in the Goma, North Kivu Province in Eastern DRC.
Mrs. Bahati’s statement touched on the security and humanitarian situation in the country, the socio-economic conditions for women, as well as women’s political participation. She warned the Council about the consequences of the new electoral law for positive change and called for the international community to act promptly and positively to fight impunity and launch an investigation to punish those guilty of grave human rights violations. She also requested support for women’s organisations working at the grassroots level in improving the humanitarian, socio-political and economic conditions in the DRC. According to Mrs. Bahati, “There is a ticking time bomb for the massacre of women and girls if there are no effective measures to protect and support them at the grassroots level.”
Read the full statement below:
UN Security Council Briefing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo