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GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Ce week-end en date du 14 juillet 2012, je me suis rendue au marche pour m'approvisionner en braise. J'ai trouve que les prix avaient hausse sensiblement. Au lieu de demander 16 ou 18 USD pour un sac, les femmes vendeuses avaient monte les prix jusqu'a 25USD. Etant donne que je ne disposait que peu d'argent, j'etais obligee d'acheter la moitie d'un sac a 12,5USD. Pour faire arriver ce colis chez moi, il fallais trouver un porteur, C'est ainsi que je me suis vue entouree des enfants qui pouvaient avoir respectivement l'age de 10,12,13 ans qui voulaient m,aider a transporter ce fardeau, moyennant quelque chose. Comme c'etaient des enfant, j'avais refuse. Apres, un homme etait venu demande ce service, j'avais refuse, en disant que je ne pouvais accorder cette faveur qu'aux femmes, car les hommes apres ce genre de travail, ils vont depenser le fruit de leur travail dans un bistrot, Quant a la femme, elle procure aux enfants de la nourriture,
C'est ainsi que vint vers moi une femme dont l'age variait entre 30 ou 35 ans. Je lui fis ce colis, car, ce n,etait pas la 1ere fois de la retrouver. Pendant qu'on avancait, elle me rapportait qu'elle venait d'accoucher avec quelques problemes, il y avait a peine 2 mois. La grossesse qu'elle avait lui avait laisse des douleurs au niveau de la jambe droite ainsi que la lombalgie, Malereusement, son conjoint etsit alle exploiter de l'or dans une localite denommee Missisi, il y a de cela 8 mois. Ce dernier n'envoit rien pour la prise en charge de ses 6 enfants. De ce fait, je suis obligee de faire le travail de portefait en vue de nourrir mes enfants. Toutefois, il arrive que les douleurs lombaires ou celles de la jambe d'accentuent de telle maniere que j'ai tendance a rester a la maison. Cependant les enfants crient et me posent la question de savoir si je restais, comment allons-nous manger. Je suis donc obligee d'aller faire ce travail, et ce en depit de ma sante precaire.
Actions urgentes a mener ;
-Organiser ces femmes, en vue de leur apprendre a exercer des metiers qui ne peuvent pas avoir des incidences negatives a leurs santes.
-Mener une forte campagne de sensibilisation, de formation et d'information de leurs droits
-Intenter une action juridique pouvant amener le conjoint a une prise de responsabilite
-Sensibiliser les familles a la scolarisation des enfants.

English translation by PulseWire member milsgra

This weekend, the 14th of July 2012, I went to the market to stock up on coal. I discovered that the prices had risen significantly. Where before it had been 16 or 18 USD for a sack, the women selling it had raised the price to 25 USD. As I only had a small amount of money, I had to buy half a sack at 12.50 USD but I needed someone to help me carry the sack home. I suddenly found myself surrounded by children, who must have been 10, 12 and 13 and who wanted to carry the load between them. As they were only children, I refused. Then a man came to offer his services and I refused, saying I could only pay a woman to do it because a man would spend the money in a bar, whereas a woman would use it to provide food for her children.

Then a woman approached me. She looked to be between 30 and 35 and it was not the first time I had seen her. I let her take the sack. As we walked, she told me that she had just given birth, two months previously, and it had been a difficult birth. The pregnancy had left her with pains in her right leg and lower back. Unfortunately her husband had left to mine gold in a region called Missisi, some eight months before. He sent nothing to provide for his children. I have to carry heavy loads to feed my child, she said. But the back and leg pains are getting worse, so much so that I just want to stay at home. But when I do, the children cry and ask me what we will eat. So I have to do this work, in spite of my health problems.
Urgent actions to be taken:
- Organise training for these women in order to teach them a profession that cannot have a negative impact on their health.
- Use legal action to force husbands to take responsibility
- Make families more aware of the importance of sending their children to school

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Elle Crossley's picture

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

This weekend, the 14th of July 2012, I went to the market to stock up on coal. I discovered that the prices had risen significantly. Where before it had been 16 or 18 USD for a sack, the women selling it had raised the price to 25 USD. As I only had a small amount of money, I had to buy half a sack at 12.50 USD but I needed someone to help me carry the sack home. I suddenly found myself surrounded by children, who must have been 10, 12 and 13 and who wanted to carry the load between them. As they were only children, I refused. Then a man came to offer his services and I refused, saying I could only pay a woman to do it because a man would spend the money in a bar, whereas a woman would use it to provide food for her children.

Then a woman approached me. She looked to be between 30 and 35 and it was not the first time I had seen her. I let her take the sack. As we walked, she told me that she had just given birth, two months previously, and it had been a difficult birth. The pregnancy had left her with pains in her right leg and lower back. Unfortunately her husband had left to mine gold in a region called Missisi, some eight months before. He sent nothing to provide for his children. I have to carry heavy loads to feed my child, she said. But the back and leg pains are getting worse, so much so that I just want to stay at home. But when I do, the children cry and ask me what we will eat. So I have to do this work, in spite of my health problems.
Urgent actions to be taken:
- Organise training for these women in order to teach them a profession that cannot have a negative impact on their health.
- Use legal action to force husbands to take responsibility
- Make families more aware of the importance of sending their children to school

Elle Crossley's picture

Merci

Merci pour votre publication. Pourriez-vous nous donner une idée de l'ampleur du problème? Il y a beaucoup de femmes qui ne recoivent rien de leurs conjoints? Vos propositions sont intelligentes et raisonnable. Merci de les avoir partagées!

Cordialement,
Elle

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Merci

Merci beaucoup Elle Crosseley pour l'intérêt que vous aviez manifesté à ma publication. La situation demeure catastrophique. Ici dans la partie orientale où sévissent les guerres, plusieurs hommes n'ont pas du travail, d'autres à la recherche de l'argent partent dans des zones minières où ils peuvent passer de longues années. Ils arrivent à épouser d'autres femmes tout en laissant la charge des enfants à leurs premières épouses qui doivent se démener pour la survie de leurs familles. Ceci fait que presque 80 pour cent des familles vivent sous le poids des femmes qui exercent meme des travaux durs pour la prise en charge de leurs progénitures.

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