Rebels raped more than 80 women in two days in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A United Nations refugee agency estimates that rebel groups have killed as many as 500 Congolese civilians in the northeastern region in the past month and displaced over 40,000, New Vision reported.
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.
Media Resources: New Vision 1/7/09; Agence France Presse 12/16/08; Feminist Majority Foundation 12/17/08
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .