“Women were considered as representations and objects during times of war in DR Congo. They were seen as representations of the nation that can be easily destroyed and humiliated”.
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This project aims at giving the women and the girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC a voice in order to promote human rights, notably theirs in order to live in a safe country. In addition to this, they must be able to rely on their capacities as to set up income generating activities in order to better their families’ living conditions.
COFAPRI, Congolese Females Action for Promoting their Rights, is a BUKAVU – DRC based project that may extend countrywide. It is a Safe World for Women and WFAC outreach associate and collaborator as to empower women and girls to claim their rights and say NO to violence and all the forms of injustices they undergo.
The idea of founding this project was nurtured in November 2009 as to bring assistance to DRC illiterate village women and girls. The inspiration came from the contact I was having with the aforementioned UK based organisation.
The DRC is a big country located at the heart of Africa.
“Women fear to speak out about the abuses they suffered”
DRC has recently been dragged into a bloody war that lasted more than a decade.
Like any war, aftermaths are unavoidable.
The latter makes suffer more the females especially in the country because they fear to speak out what happened to them as abuses. This makes them suffer physically and morally as it is due to some practices and traditions that forbid females to report on everything.
Being secretive therefore seems to cause them another kind of internal injure.
Women and girls who have been raped for instance cannot say it publically for fear to break the customs and even be repudiated by their husbands, thus be ridiculous in their respective communities.
In some households, there are also variety of abuses done on females like being beaten by their husbands, rape by husbands, not accepting them to work outside, not giving them a floor to speak in public, girls are not given chances like boys, etc.
Violating women’s rights is also another form of devilish violation of human rights; the background of an individual does affect them in the future.
Mugisho Theophile Founder of Cofapri awaits charitable status registration and will keep us informed on the progress.
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