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LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERNMENT

Permettez une fois de plus que nous puissions informer à l'équipe dirigeante de World Pulse que le Sommet de la Franconphonie constituera pour les femmes congolaises, surtout pour celles de la partie Orientale de la République Démocratique du Congo, une opportunité à faire voir aux dirigeants combien la femme a non seulement des devoirs mais aussi des Droits qu'il y a lieu de respecter et de faire respecter.
Nous vous informons que depuis l'avènement de la guerre en province du Nord-Kivu, les M23 occasionnent plusieurs dégâts contre les femmes. On estime le nombre de femmes violées à presque 2500 femmes victimes. C'est trop, lorsque l'on s'en tient aux conséquences de ces actes ignobles sur leurs victimes. Devons-nous continuer à demeurer passive face à ce genre de déshumanisation ? J'estime que World Pulse a tout intérêt à nous faciliter la tâche en vue de contribuer tant soit peu à lever non seulement nos voix mais à nous regarder dans les yeux avec celles qui ont le pouvoir en main.
Voici comment se présente le Programme :

-Du 27-3O Septembre, des consultations sur les thèmes : EDUCATION ET FORMATION, ENVIRONNEMENT ET DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE, Promotion de la croissance économique, Auto-prise en charge alimentaire, Paix et sécurité.

-Du 10-11 Octobre, Une rencontre Nationale des ONGs des Femmes de la République Démocratique du Congo sera tenue sous l'égide de l'OIF
-Du 4-6/10/2012, une table ronde régionale sera organisée par la société civile à Kinshasa sur les thèmes : ENVIRONNEMENT ET GOUVERNANCE MONDIALE : Rôle d'avant-garde des femmes d'Afrique Centrale francophone.

A partir du 9 octobre; les femmes pourront exposer leurs productions agricoles, artisanales dans un village.

NB. Les ONGs de la Société civile ont obtenu de la commission Scientifique et culturelle de la francophonie qui coordonne le Sommet à Kinshasa que les activités relatives aux femmes et au genre soient intégrées dans tout le programme dudit sommet; et ce conformément au programme ci-dessus.

English translation by PulseWire member AnnieTheriault

Please allow me, once again, to tell the World Pulse team that for all Congolese women, but especially those living in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Francophonie Summit is an important opportunity to tell decision-makers that women not only have responsibilities but also rights, and that these rights must be respected.
We would like to inform you that since the onset of the war in the North-Kivu province, the M23 are violating women’s rights. Approximately 2500 women have been raped. This is too much, especially when we think about all the consequences such barbaric acts have on the victims. Should we continue to be passive in the face of such dehumanization? I believe that World Pulse should help us not only raise our voices, but to come face to face with those who have the power in their hands.

Here is the program:
27-30 September. Consultation on the following themes: education, training, environment and sustainable development, the promotion of economic growth, food sovereignty, peace and security.
10-11 October. A national meeting of women’s NGOs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, organized by the OIF.
4-6 October. A regional roundtable will be organized by civil society in Kinshasa on the following themes: environment, world governance and the avant-garde role played by the women of Francophone Central Africa.
As of October 9th: women will be able to showcase their agricultural goods and crafts in a village.

Please note: the Scientific and Cultural Commission, which is coordinating the Francophonie Summit in Kinshasa, has allowed civil society NGOs to integrate activities pertaining to gender and women throughout the summit’s entire program.

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AnnieTheriault's picture

Translation

Please allow me, once again, to tell the World Pulse team that for all Congolese women, but especially those living in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Francophonie Summit is an important opportunity to tell decision-makers that women not only have responsibilities but also rights, and that these rights must be respected.
We would like to inform you that since the onset of the war in the North-Kivu province, the M23 are violating women’s rights. Approximately 2500 women have been raped. This is too much, especially when we think about all the consequences such barbaric acts have on the victims. Should we continue to be passive in the face of such dehumanization? I believe that World Pulse should help us not only raise our voices, but to come face to face with those who have the power in their hands.
Here is the program:
27-30 September. Consultation on the following themes: education, training, environment and sustainable development, the promotion of economic growth, food sovereignty, peace and security.
10-11 October. A national meeting of women’s NGOs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, organized by the OIF.
4-6 October. A regional roundtable will be organized by civil society in Kinshasa on the following themes: environment, world governance and the avant-garde role played by the women of Francophone Central Africa.
As of October 9th: women will be able to showcase their agricultural goods and crafts in a village.
Please note: the Scientific and Cultural Commission, which is coordinating the Francophonie Summit in Kinshasa, has allowed civil society NGOs to integrate activities pertaining to gender and women throughout the summit’s entire program.

jap21's picture

Hi Madeleine

Thank you for raising your voice for us to know what is going on in your country.

I would like to ask you a question. What do you think is the most important feature that we should change in people´s lives so that your country can reach peace?

Would it be culture? Perhaps money? (do they need more money to be more pacific?)

Please let us chat a little about this.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

You are indeed correct about the fact that while women have responsibilities they do also have rights. While they are entitled to these rights, clearly there are many instances where they are out rightly denied what is justly due them. It is time to stand up for what is rightly ours in a non-confrontational manner yet, be clear about what it is that we need. Rape, used for whatever reason(s) is an abomination against women and a personal attack that creates not only physical but psychological problems for these victims who are preyed upon by men with no conscience. It is my hope that the Francophonie Summit explored these and other issues you have listed in your write up. Furthermore, I would hope that this was not only a discussion forum but that the delegates came out with concrete solutions and also mapped out clear paths on how to achieve these goals.

BMBracewell

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