Outlines the major findings of the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC from 2009 to 2013.
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.
Die or Accept Your Fate
For women in DRC, "fate" often means rape.
Focusing on theories of change can improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions.
Survey in one camp shows women and girls feel unsafe, survivors express need for support
GOMA, Congo, The Dem. Rep. of (December 12, 2012) - In light of the recent escalation of violence between the Congolese army and armed groups in the Goma area of Democratic Republic of the Congo, CARE today expressed deep concern about the protection of displaced people. Particularly vulnerable are the women and girls in the camps that sprung up around the provincial capital.
GOMA, Congo, The Dem. Rep. of (March 26, 2013) - Yesterday, CARE hosted UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hauge as they visited a CARE-supported sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) project in the Lac Vert Internally Displaced People's camp, on the outskirts of Goma, North Kivu.
Used as a tactic of war to terrorize communities, with devastating effect, rape is the hidden reality of conflict.
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.