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Country Profile - DRC

OUR WORK IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Since 2004, Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of Congo has served more than 91,000 women through our year-long programme in eastern Congo's North and South Kivu provinces.

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.

Programme participants in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo: Alison Wright

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.

Programme participants in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo: Alison Wright

Our impact

From helping women to earn more money to huge increases in family planning practices, with your help, we've made a huge impact.

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CLAUDINES STORY

Women like Claudine have forged a new path

"I know that I should take courage because I survived a hard situation. It was hard but now I’m here."

Land rights

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.

Creating a ripple effect

Your monthly gift of £22 could support a woman with skills to support her family and create sustainable change.

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