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LES DROITS DES FEMMES

L’analphabétisme de la femme est à la base des plusieurs violences envers les femmes surtout en milieu rural. Depuis longtemps notre journal a montré les violences que rencontrent les femmes, instruites ou pas, villageoises ou citadines simplement parce qu'elle femme. A la question de savoir si avons rencontré les cas, oui, je suis la victime car avec la formation que j' ai reçu, voilà trois ans que je suis au service des femmes dans ma communauté sans aucun soutient de la part de la communauté alors que tous les hommes sont rémunérés même la sentinelle. Je fais cinq distinction à l'université, on ne me retient pas comme assistante parce que j'ai 50 ans malgré nos demandes d'emplois. Les critères s'appliquent sur les femmes et pas sur les hommes. Une de nos présidentes d'églises dont sa terre à été extrapolé par un homme qui continue à corrompre jusqu'à mettre Espérance femme de Kabare dans le cachot la torturée pour qu'elle renonce à ce champs. Elle est passée aux instances supérieurs du chef du village, chez le chef de groupement, chez le mwami qui l' a envoyé chez l'administrateur qui accore beaucoup compliqué le processus. sa belle mère en 2011 à 98 ans, elle fut épousée là-bas sous l'arbre à palabre devant les deux familles, tout ses enfants y habitent et maintenant le type a profité de l'absence du mari d'espérance en brousse pour chercher la survie, on a ravie même les récoltes qu'elle avait planté soit disant que la femme n'a pas le droit de plaider pour la terre et surtout que la coutume affirme qu'une femme ne peut jamais avoir une propriété foncière. Même chose pour Marie veuve de Walungu, l'héritier aussi mort, elle reste avec un petit garçon de 11 ans qui reste seul à la maison, sa mère toujours en fuite pour ne pas être tuée malgré les revendications jusqu'à voir toutes les autorités lors de la Marche Mondiale organisée à Bukavu en 2010, une organisation de la place essaie de les aider mais en vain. L'injustice, la corruption et l'impunité font que ces femmes ne sont toujours pas rétablies dans leurs droits faute d'argent soit pour corrompre, même payer les frais de transports pour exécution, visite, et autres frais justicières, etc une autre à Kadutu dans la ville de Bukavu, s'est déguerpie de sa maison où elle vit avec ses enfants depuis plus de 30 ans car étant commerçante, elle a fait faillite soit disant qu'elle n'aura pas d'argent pour engager cette affaire pour ne citer que ces quelques cas il y a n'en beaucoup. Rappelons que le pouvoir économique des plusieurs femmes ici est trop faibles. Alors les hommes en profitent pour tracasser et bafouer les droits des femmes. Peu des femmes ont fait le droit pour aider leurs consœurs ou aussi elles n'ont pas des postes de décisions pour gains des cause. Alors lançons un cri d'alarme auprès de l'opinion internationale pour que la paix durable rentre au Congo, aux personnes de bonnes volonté pour soutenir les actions d'alphabétisations et écoles de récupérations ainsi que la sensibilisation pour toutes ces femmes qui veulent rentrer au bas de l'école et l'éveil de conscience de toute la société pour bannir les coutumes rétrogrades , à nos autorités d'appliquer les lois ratifiées pour la discrimination positive de la femme, aux églises de s'investir d'avantages dans dans l'éducation et l'instruction des ses fidèles, a ceux là qui ont la possibilité d'accorder les bourses d'études pour la capacitation et renforcement du leadership féminin, aux femmes de s'unir et se tenir la main pour une lutte commune et qu'un jour l’étendard à la main les femmes puissent crier victoire et ceci pour toutes les femmes du monde entier nous crions.

English translation by PulseWire member Camille
Women’s illiteracy is the root of much violence towards women, especially in rural areas. For a long time our journal has revealed acts of violence that women suffer--whether they are educated or not, villagers or city dwellers--simply because they are women. I, too, am a victim because despite the training that I have had, for three years I’ve been at the service of women in my community without any support from the community; meanwhile all the men are paid, even the security guard. I was awarded five academic distinctions at my university, yet I am not kept on [hired?] as an assistant because I am 50 years old—this despite all our [my?] job applications. Standards apply to women and not to men. One of our female church presidents [Esperance] has had her land extrapolated [threatened?] by a man who continues to corrupt--to the point of putting Esperance (Hope), a Kabare woman, in a prison cell and torturing her so that she would give up her fields. Her case was sent to the high body of the village chief, then the group chief, then the “mwami,” who sent her to an administrator who complicated the trial. On this land her mother-in-law turned 98 in 2011, and she was married there under a tree, with endless argument between the two families. All her children live there and now this guy has taken advantage of the absence of Esperance’s husband (who went into the bush to search for a way to survive). The harvests that she had planted were stolen on the assumption that a woman doesn’t have the right to defend her land in court, and especially because customs dictate that a woman can never be a landowner.

The same thing happened to Marie, a widow from Walungu, whose heir [?] is also dead. She lives with an 11-year-old boy who stays alone in the house; his mother is still on the run for not having been killed despite demands for it. During the Marche Mondiale of Bukavu in 2010, they saw the authorities and an organization that is set up there tried to help them, but in vain. Injustice, corruption, and impunity make it so that women are still not restored their rights—this comes from a lack of money, either because of bribery (even paying the transportation costs for execution), visits, and other judiciary fees, etc.

Another woman in Kadutu, in the city of Bukavu, left her home where she lived with her children for more than 30 years because she was a businesswomen and she had gone bankrupt. Apparently she won’t have money to follow this case, to mention only a few cases where there wasn’t enough money. Remember that the economic power of several women here is too weak. So men take advantage to harass and scorn women’s rights. Few women have studied law to help their fellow sisters; or, they are not able to reach a position to make decisions to further the cause. So let’s raise a cry of warning directed to international opinion so that lasting peace comes to Congo; to people of good will so that they will support actions of literacy and recovery schools as well as an awareness campaign for all women who want to start at school; to awaken society’s conscience to ban outdated customs; to authorize us to apply these ratified laws for women’s affirmative action; to churches for investing more in education and instruction to loyal patrons; to those who are able to give scholarships for the habilitation and strengthening of female leadership; to women who unite and hold hands for a common cause; and that one day the flag in the hand of women can cry victory. We will shout this cause for all women in the world.

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Comments

milsgra's picture

Chére Soeur

Merci,

Voila une belle exemple de la violence que subissent les femmes de votre pays. Je sais que cela demande beaucoup de courage de tenir la tête au chef d'état qui ne considere pas la femme comme humain voire la société qui ne juge pas que l'éducation de la femme n'est pas chose nécessaire. Je comprend a travers votre récit le fardeau de la femme de votre communauté ensemble avec ce projet nous pourrions faire passer la voix de la femme et ouvrir une voie a celle ci. Encore une fois merci de votre courage et de votre passion.

Bonne continuation.

Camille's picture

Merci Jeannette

Chère Jeannette,
Merci de contribuer une telle voix forte et énergétique au World Pulse. Vous condamnez des injustices terribles auxquelles les femmes autour de vous ont subies. Mieux encore, vous offrez des solutions pratiques. Vous nous rassemblez autour des cris pour que des changements soient réellement effectués.

Il y a quelques endoits dans ton journal ou l'histoire n'est pas tout à fait claire--je les avais marqués avec un point d'interrogation.

Bon courage dans tous vos projets.

En solidarité,
Camille

Camille's picture

Translation

Women’s illiteracy is the root of much violence towards women, especially in rural areas. For a long time our journal has revealed acts of violence that women suffer--whether they are educated or not, villagers or city dwellers--simply because they are women. I, too, am a victim because despite the training that I have had, for three years I’ve been at the service of women in my community without any support from the community; meanwhile all the men are paid, even the security guard. I was awarded five academic distinctions at my university, yet I am not kept on [hired?] as an assistant because I am 50 years old—this despite all our [my?] job applications. Standards apply to women and not to men. One of our female church presidents [Esperance] has had her land extrapolated [threatened?] by a man who continues to corrupt--to the point of putting Esperance (Hope), a Kabare woman, in a prison cell and torturing her so that she would give up her fields. Her case was sent to the high body of the village chief, then the group chief, then the “mwami,” who sent her to an administrator who complicated the trial. On this land her mother-in-law turned 98 in 2011, and she was married there under a tree, with endless argument between the two families. All her children live there and now this guy has taken advantage of the absence of Esperance’s husband (who went into the bush to search for a way to survive). The harvests that she had planted were stolen on the assumption that a woman doesn’t have the right to defend her land in court, and especially because customs dictate that a woman can never be a landowner.

The same thing happened to Marie, a widow from Walungu, whose heir [?] is also dead. She lives with an 11-year-old boy who stays alone in the house; his mother is still on the run for not having been killed despite demands for it. During the Marche Mondiale of Bukavu in 2010, they saw the authorities and an organization that is set up there tried to help them, but in vain. Injustice, corruption, and impunity make it so that women are still not restored their rights—this comes from a lack of money, either because of bribery (even paying the transportation costs for execution), visits, and other judiciary fees, etc.

Another woman in Kadutu, in the city of Bukavu, left her home where she lived with her children for more than 30 years because she was a businesswomen and she had gone bankrupt. Apparently she won’t have money to follow this case, to mention only a few cases where there wasn’t enough money. Remember that the economic power of several women here is too weak. So men take advantage to harass and scorn women’s rights. Few women have studied law to help their fellow sisters; or, they are not able to reach a position to make decisions to further the cause. So let’s raise a cry of warning directed to international opinion so that lasting peace comes to Congo; to people of good will so that they will support actions of literacy and recovery schools as well as an awareness campaign for all women who want to start at school; to awaken society’s conscience to ban outdated customs; to authorize us to apply these ratified laws for women’s affirmative action; to churches for investing more in education and instruction to loyal patrons; to those who are able to give scholarships for the habilitation and strengthening of female leadership; to women who unite and hold hands for a common cause; and that one day the flag in the hand of women can cry victory. We will shout this cause for all women in the world.

William's picture

Women's rights violations

Dear Ruhebuza, I congratulate you on this finely written, moving story about the lack of rights for women in the Congo. I've recommended that it be one of the letters considered when choosing letters to present to the UN and other organizations concerned with women's rights. While litteracy is important, I think not having any resources with which to fight the paternalism existing in the Congo and in fact, all of Africa, is the core issue. Women in many middle eastern countries, including India face the same lack of rights. You have supplied three answers: litteracy; money; political human rights; and I add a fourth one, laws protecting women which are enforceable. Thank you for your courage and I hope you will continue to let the world know of the situation for women in the Congo. Blessings.

Dear Jeanntte thank you so much for the effort that you have put in to this advocacy work that you are carrying out on behalf of your sisters whose voices we can only hear through you. It is a blessing that we are born women because a woman can never to succeed in life if only she puts her mind to it. There is a reason why they always say that he sky is the limit. As long as we can reach out to these women in rural and urban areas and educate them about their rights and ensure that they have appreciated these rights and that they can stand up against the culture that is holding them back then we can surely hold our heads high and be proud that we have achieved our goal. Please continue to bring out these stories so that we can shout on your behalf and ensure that the international community puts more pressure on your government to end the violence against women either by putting in place laws that will protect women or institutions that will advance and promote the rights of women in a ll sectors. You will also need to document the number of cases that y need represent in the courts of law or of women whose rights have been violated either regarding land or any other matter. Donors are normally interested in these statistics. The legal fraternity in your country should also consider instituting a case a against the Government in a strategic litigation case where they should seek for a declaration to nullify all these out dated customs. They should do this petition in such a way that even if the case is lost the ruling can still be used for advocacy purposes.

Other good work my dear sister and may the Lord Almighty give you the strength to continue to advocate for the rights of women.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Nicholas Demeter's picture

Don't be discouraged

I was inspired to hear of this story, your work and the work of your sisters WILL one day make a difference, the important thing to remember is to not stop fighting. You are doing the right thing by building coalitions of women with similar interests and making every opportunity to tell your story. I wish I could offer more tangible suggestions, but just know that I am one man that is very much for your cause and where there is one man, there may be others so keep looking, keep talking and keep fighting!!

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

How far with the cases

Dear Jeanette,
Hope you are well and continuing with the struggle to ens violence against women in your country.Please update m e on the situation of these women so that we can forge a good way forward for them. Do not give up and always be strong for your sisters. God bless you and stay blessed

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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