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BY JUSTINE VALEMBERI, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
Nankafu is a 53-year-old mother of ten. Sadly, seven of her children have passed away and only three remain. Two are married and the youngest is in the fifth grade.
Life has not been easy for Nankafu and her children. "My husband had chased me away and abandoned me more than 15 years ago, he told me that he cannot live with a woman who loses children," she says.
War has taken a lot from Solange. Her husband and three of her children were all killed by rebels, and she was raped four times by armed men in her home village in the DRC.
“When a woman in our program has the courage to tell her Life Skills trainer ‘I have been raped,’ we refer her to Panzi Hospital,” explains WfWI – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Acting Country Director Gertrude Mudekereza.
Joint Effort Provides Opportunities for Economic Development in Local Neighborhoods
Women are set to make history on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day by joining together on bridges across the world, and calling for urgent action in Afghanistan; described as 'one of the worst countries in the world to be a woman'.
Learn more about life for women in the DR Congo by reading a briefing, "The Democractic Republic of Congo Survey: Stronger Women, Stronger Nations."
As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) celebrates fifty years of independence on 30th June, a comprehensive new research report published today by Women for Women International, found sexual violence against women is increasing and that many women are living in fear, because of growing violence from the militia and within their own communities.
The Women for Women International DRC 2010 Stronger Women, Stronger Nations …
Amplifying the Voices of Women in Eastern Congo
Despite the signing of international peace agreements, a deadly 15 year war continues in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). International organizations estimate that between 3.5 and 5.4 million of excess deaths have occurred since 1998. Sexual violence is a prominent modus operandi of many military groups, rape is used as a weapon of war to inflict shame and suffering, and violence perpetrated by civilians is rising.
Women shoulder a disproportionate burden of the conflict.
Washington, DC, November 13, 2008 - Amidst the widespread violence and large-scale human suffering, Women for Women International is preparing to respond to the needs of thousands of women who are threatened by the fighting and in urgent need of assistance.
"We will reach out to more women including those who now live in displacement camps in and around Goma and hope to offer sponsorship to the most vulnerable among them," says Karen Sherman, Executive Director of Global Programs with Women for Women International.
Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo are calling for assistance and strong international leadership to prevent further deterioration of the devastating humanitarian situation in the country's eastern provinces.
Washington DC, October 28, 2008 - With fighting between Congolese government troops and rebel forces intensifying, civilians and particularly women are again in grave danger of taking the brunt of the fighting. Tens of thousands of civilians are currently fleeing their homes to avoid being caught in the latest clashes between fighters who have shown little respect for non-combatants over the last years.
Over the past decade, brutal local, regional, and national conflict has devastated much of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ethnic strife and civil war broke out in 1996, sparked by a large inflow of refugees from the neighboring Rwandan genocide in 1994. Rebel groups from neighboring countries entered the conflict in 1998. The war, involving seven African nations and many groups of armed combatants, is the deadliest in documented African history.