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Preventing Sexual Violence in DRC

25 March 2014

This Human Rights Council session, we teamed up with Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) to hold a side event on preventing sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday.

Preventing Sexual Violence in DRC flyer with picture of DRC woman, title of event and room and time
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Prevention is Key

Building on the work of the high level panel that took place today at the Human Rights Council, we will enrich the conversation by focusing on a preventive approach to this heinous crime.

Like stated in our background paper, we believe we need to focus on the multiple factors that contribute to sexual violence, moving from a narrow conflict-related approach to a broader one that considers the socio-economic context, gender inequality and arms flow that characterises DRC. This emphasis is a core aspect of WILPF DRC‘s work.

Come join us at our event!

The panel will take place Wednesday from 12:00 to 14:00 in Room XXIII at Palais des Nations.

The speakers will be:

  • Ms Delphine Brun from GenCap
  • Ms Julienne Lusenge, vice-president of WILPF DRC
  • Dr Mariangela Simao, UNAIDS

The moderator will be Ms Nyaradzahi Gumbonzvanda from World YWCA.

Also, Ms. Geneviève Inagosi, Minister of Gender, Family and Children and Ms. Wivine Mumba Matipa, Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the DRC will be giving opening remarks. The ambassador of Portugal will also make a few remarks.

We hope you will be able to participate, and stay tuned for a post recounting the event!

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Read our Background Paper on Sexual Violence in DRC.

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WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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