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contexte et justification de mon intervention

l' ignorance et i'analphabétisme des femmes a été un des grands chevaux de bataille dans le conflit sevit depuis maintenant plus de 15 ans à i'est de la république démocratique du congo;cela a été fils conducteurs principaux de nombreuses violations des droits des femmes (éducation selective;violances sexuelles; et accroissement des MST dans la région) conduisant ainsi à un cercle vicieux de vulnérabilité de la population en général depuis le regime de Mobutu et renforcant à très haut débit la pauvrété des couches socio économiques des femmes.les femmes qui ont le plus subi ces violances se sont de surcroit retrouvées stigmatisées ou exclues de l' accès à lagestion de la chose publique;soit parce qu'elles ne sont pas "intellectuelles "soit parcequ'elles ont été violée ou contaminés par le VIH SIDA;soit parcqu économiquement elles ne produisent plus.plusieurs d'entre ces femmes ont été privées des droits à l'héritage; repudiées de leurs foyer (par leurs conjoints etd'autres par leur famille)sans tenir compte de leurs droits: soit encore elles ont été victimes oppressives.Telle a été la motivation qui m'a poussée deprime à bord à contrbuér un tant soit depuis 1997(d'abord avec les soeurs xaveriennes:puis seule) à m'investir pour la cause de la femme.

JUSTIFICATION DE L 'INTERVENTION.
trouvant que pour la pluspart ces femmes sont soit issues desfamilles pauvres soit des veuves soit des deplacée internes soit encore des filles -meres vivant dans des conditions de vie très precaires(leurs capitaux restant très insuffisants et qui était exposées à toute forme d' exploitation sexuelle pour survivre) ousoit encore que ce sont des femmes dont

English translation by PulseWire member merehutch

Ignorance and illiteracy of women were great problems in influencing the conflict that has been raging for more than 15 years in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Sons of uneducated women, who had little opportunity, are now key drivers of many human rights violations against women (selective education, gender-based violence, and increase in MST in the region). There has been a vicious cycle of vulnerability amongst the population in general since the Mobutu regime which reinforced a greater income gap and the socio-economic marginalization of many women. The women who have suffered the most are those violated and then further stigmatized or prohibited from accessing public services, either because they are not "intellectual" or because they were raped or infected with HIV. Many of these women have been deprived of inheritance rights, ejected from their household (and renounced by their spouse’s family) regardless of their rights, regardless that they are oppressed victims. This was the motivation that pushed me to contribute ever since 1997 – helping fellow women first with the Sisters Xaveriennes, then by myself.

RATIONALE FOR INTERVENTION.
I’ve found that for the greater part, these women are either from poor backgrounds or widows – their families are either internally displaced or they are unwed mothers living in very precarious living conditions (their capital remains very weak and they have been exposed to all forms of sexual exploitation in an effort to survive). These are the women who need our help.

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merehutch's picture

Translation

Ignorance and illiteracy of women were great problems in influencing the conflict that has been raging for more than 15 years in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Sons of uneducated women, who had little opportunity, are now key drivers of many human rights violations against women (selective education, gender-based violence, and increase in MST in the region). There has been a vicious cycle of vulnerability amongst the population in general since the Mobutu regime which reinforced a greater income gap and the socio-economic marginalization of many women. The women who have suffered the most are those violated and then further stigmatized or prohibited from accessing public services, either because they are not "intellectual" or because they were raped or infected with HIV. Many of these women have been deprived of inheritance rights, ejected from their household (and renounced by their spouse’s family) regardless of their rights, regardless that they are oppressed victims. This was the motivation that pushed me to contribute ever since 1997 – helping fellow women first with the Sisters Xaveriennes, then by myself.

RATIONALE FOR INTERVENTION.
I’ve found that for the greater part, these women are either from poor backgrounds or widows – their families are either internally displaced or they are unwed mothers living in very precarious living conditions (their capital remains very weak and they have been exposed to all forms of sexual exploitation in an effort to survive). These are the women who need our help.

torilynnfox's picture

question

ce qui est MST?

sarahgustavus's picture

Center of Community

Thank you for sharing your perspective. You make an important point that the health and well-being of women is important for the entire community. It seems like you are taking important steps to organize support for the women around you.

Your story makes me want to hear much more from you. Can you tell us more about inheritance rights and what denial of those rights means for women in the DRC? Can you tell us more about your organization and your work? What are you doing to help these women who have been stigmatized?

sn's picture

Intervention

Thanks a lot for sharing the information. I think one of the major reason for such condition of women in your country is illiteracy. I hope you are doing something to create awareness about education in that area. I did like to know more about stigma attached with HIV patients in your country?

Shuriah Niazi
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