Women and girls suffer disproportionately from high rates of violence and extreme poverty during times of conflict. Nowhere is this truer than in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has grappled with wars, civil strife, and multiple rebellions since 1996.
About the women we work with in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Our work in the DRC
While peace has been re-established in most of the country, women and girls, particularly in Congo's eastern provinces, still suffer gender-based violence. The use of rape and sexual assault to terrorise them, their families, and their communities continues. Exacerbated by the culture of impunity, violence against women and girls is pervasive and extends beyond armed groups to all of society.
Despite women’s crucial role in agriculture, rural development and ensuring families are fed, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are consistently discriminated against in accessing, owning and making decisions around land.
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