Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Justine Kavira Valemberi, Women for Women International - Democratic Republic of Congo

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The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The world of work, both formal and informal, is rapidly changing for women.

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This New Year continues to bring political unrest and devastation to millions of people around the world, including those countries within which we work such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

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Florence, Godelive, and Nazera did not have a say in the U.S. election, and yet it may have a profound effect on their lives.

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“Men must stand shoulder to shoulder with women. Men have a responsibility to speak out in their own communities for the women they love,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege.

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Congratulations to Dr. Denis Mukwege for being named one of TIME's 100 most influential people!

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There is an ancient saying in Afghanistan: Drop by drop, a river is formed. This is why we at Women for Women International believe that when we come together, we can create sustainable change for women and communities around the world.

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“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

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"I thought only men have rights to everything. I never believed that I have rights."

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War has taken a lot from Solange. Her husband and three of her children were all killed by rebels, and she was raped four times by armed men in her home village in the DRC.

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