Thousands of Congolese women marched in Kinshasa yesterday to denounce sexual violence against women and children as a tactic of war. Marie-Ange Lukiana, the Congo's Women and Children's Affairs Minister, led the march, calling sexual violence a weapon used "to spread AIDS," according to Agence France Presse.
Since the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began in 1998, tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped in sexual violence widely viewed to be a war tactic. Dozens have been raped in recent weeks by combatants in recent weeks, according to Human Rights Watch.
Alan Doss, President of the UN Mission in the Congo, told the Agence France Presse that the message of the protestors was one "addressed to all men" and that "through the Security Council, the international community has adopted several resolutions (on sexual violence), but we must undertake daily action to change people’s thinking."
Media Resources: Agence France Presse 12/16/08, 12/17/08; Human Rights Watch Press Release 12/16/08
9/28/2015 World Leaders Commit to Ending Gender Discrimination at UN Summit - This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of the fourth world conference on women in Beijing, leaders from around the globe met in New York City to discuss concrete and measurable plans for eliminating discrimination against women.
The plans were announced and reviewed by over 80 world leaders over the weekend at the "Global Leaders" Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action," summit co-hosted by the UN and China. . . .