Used as a tactic of war to terrorize communities, with devastating effect, rape is the hidden reality of conflict.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Rape as a Weapon of War
The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest rates of sexual and gender based violence in the world. Here, it is more dangerous to be a woman than a solider. Armed combatants frequently rape women and girls as a weapon of war.
CARE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has strengthened its structure and strategy to assist the most vulnerable members of Congolese society eradicate poverty and reduce their vulnerability to social injustice. Our target groups include poor and vulnerable women, adolescent girls and boys as well as displaced and returning populations.
We are committed to promoting their fundamental rights, their full participation in the governance of their communities and in the peaceful, sustainable development of their country. Working with civil society and the government, CARE DRC addresses the root causes of poverty along the entire aid continuum.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. Genderbased violence leaves its victims with long-term psychological and physical trauma, tears away at the social fabric of communities, and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
Uzazi Bora: Meeting the Maternal Health Needs of Post-Conflict Kasongo District, DRC
Respecting the rights and realities of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities is the way to ensure that the forests remain standing.
Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognized.
CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.
Meeting Needs for Reproductive Health Services in Post-Conflict Environments: CARE’s Family Planning Project in the DRC.