After more than a decade of conflict in which rape has been used as a weapon, sexual violence is sadly a fact of life for both women and men in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese men and women are working courageously to eradicate this scourge. Here are some of their stories.
Community coordinated response system protects women from domestic violence by providing shelters and specialized services. The system also improves cooperation between the municipality, the police, the court, health and education authorities and NGOs.
“Shatila: The Meeting Point” festival was organized with the support of the UNDP Peace Building in Lebanon project, which aims to reinforce stability and social cohesion by addressing the root causes of conflict.
The political empowerment of women is critical to human development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Worldwide, women continue to be under-represented in national parliaments, occupying less than 20% of seats and accounting for just 18% of government ministers.
A brief paper emanating from meetings on the Millennium Development Goals with select groups of HIV positive women in the three countries of Asia and the Pacific reveals some alarming emerging issues that warrant attention by policy-makers.