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We offer particular support to women who are victims of sexual violence, and work towards the establishment of lasting peace in North Kivu in the east of the country.
On July 26th I briefed the United Nations Security Council on the current situation for women in the DRC in the areas of the UN mission MONUSCOthe growth of insecurity and the increase of cases of sexual violence against women and girls, and the tense political climate following the failure to hold elections before the constitutional deadline.
We are left in a precarious position. Despite the rapid deployment, interventions often arrive too late, when irreparable damage has already been done.
Following a decrease in financial resources, the Joint Human Rights Office is no longer present on the ground and, as a result, can no longer effectively document the cases of serious human rights violations that are now reported.
We fear disorder during the proposed elections at the end of this year and really hope that MONUSCO will ensure that Congolese police are properly trained so that order can be maintained and that polling stations can be secured. This is extremely important as fair and transparent elections are at the core of ensuring a peaceful and prosperous nation.
Meanwhile, the situation of women — and particularly those victims of sexual violence — is worsening day by day. The increase in armed groups as part of the ongoing war here has meant that mass rapes have continued, while populations have been displaced.
The political climate has also made things more dangerous. Things are very tense at the moment as elections were not held before the end of last year as expected. This goes against our constitution. At the time various demonstrations were shut down by the police, civilian deaths occurred, material damage was extensive especially convents and Catholic churchesarbitrary arrests took place of the leaders of the citizen movement, of human rights defenders and of opposition politicians.
With only five months to go before the elections are due to take place againthe political environment continues to be extremely difficult. In addition to this political instability and the brutal repression of dissident voices, several legal reform projects initiated by the Congolese government have further reduced Congolese freedom of expression and civic spaces.
One of these aims to change how non-governmental organizations NGOs are run here, which could have major ramifications. Against this backdrop the participation of women in the electoral process — a tried and trusted way of increasing the chance of lasting peace — has remained very low.
A problematic electoral law brought in at the end of is a serious obstacle to our rights and freedoms. As a result, no provincial election nomination file was filed by the deadline date in some constituencies.
UN Security Council Resolutionadopted in Octobercalls for an increase in the participation of women in all peacebuilding and security efforts. In lateI co-ordinated a group of over 60 women from all provinces of the DRC to make this a reality for Congolese Women.
The upcoming elections will also be problematic in terms of how they are likely to be run. The proposed use of the voting machines will cause significant challenges and may lead to fear of electoral fraud.
This is the environment in which we currently live in the DRC.
Every day we have new obstacles to overcome but we are also hopeful for a better future. This is a key component of ensuring we finally see lasting peace in this country.The Women’s March on Washington was held yesterday and the participation was incredible.
Not only did hundreds of thousands of women (and men) turn out in Washington, but groups marched in over cities and towns across the United States.
Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate) from The World Bank: Data. Against this backdrop the participation of women in the electoral process – a tried and trusted way of increasing the chance of lasting peace – has remained very low.
A problematic electoral law brought in at the end of is a serious obstacle to our rights and freedoms.
Utah has the largest difference between men’s and women’s labor force participation rates at percentage points. Maine has the smallest at percentage points (Table B).
Women’s labor force participation has increased in just 11 states and the District of Columbia since Throughout the long negotiations of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) women working in Myanmar’s peace process fought hard to ensure that their voices were heard.
The ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions.