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Mining disaster

In DRCongo, the situation of girls is really down; let me tell you a true story of girls in mining areas.

DRCongo is land blessed with different mines, due to that, we find war everywhere, different armed group wanting to conquer the place and manage the resources. Let me use the examples of a place called Mwenga , here we find three different sites where women are hired to do hairy of stones and to bring water to men working inside the sites as well as satisfying their sexual desires. With statics in primary school many women will be enrolled but as they are growing many will drop school. At the time when that generation will rich high schools, it’s difficult to have 3 girls in a class of 50students. Guess what, those girls left school for this reasons:
- Some are forced to get marriage because their parents took a loan which they are not able to pay
- Other become prostitute because that only way, they can money and help their poor families
- Other got pregnant after being raped
- A most are working in the site as hairy,
- Some are by their sexual industry by their husbands, this means that the husband will conduct contract and send the wife over there to have Sexe and bring food at home.
All girls who left school for one reason or another are used in form of slavery; most are used in Sexe industry.
Beyond that woman in the town places, employ young girls to help for work their houses! How do we want to have lettered girls in this environment? Our cultures are also there, they say that a woman should not go to school because her work is to makes babies and care for the husband wealth at home.
The other aspect of the problem is that, even those few who went to school once married their husbands’ refuses that they can’t work. This affects all women, during pregnancy they don’t want to have girls, all of them aspire to have baby boy because at least them are treasure by the nature. There is even an expression used “boy’s pregnancy riches 9months before birth but girls can be born a 7months. This showing that the woman who gives birth to boy suffers more than those who gives girls. Boys marry who they like, go to school and many more.
Writing these stories makes me cry, I can't go any further

Gloria Bitomwa

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

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pelamutunzi's picture

really emotional

you can change the situation. its not easy but it is possible. keep sharing and keep working by identifying the problem the solution is at hand

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.

Yes Gloriabit

This situation can be changed. But it will take a lot of courage from people like you to make the future bright for other young women.

Sitting here in the beautiful Maldives where everyone has access to free education, and where everyone is encouraged to at least complete secondary school - it is hard for me to even visualize the situation there.

Thank you for sharing and let's hope international support can be attracted to help the community.

I wish you all the best. Do not lose hope.



TJ's picture

such darkness...

I'm sitting here and trying to get my mind around the bullet points you have. I know that these things are happening but to read it again and from a first person perspective it is very unsettling.

However, I believe that by having this information out there a change can be brought about - it might not be instantaneous but it will happen.

Keep writing!


Gloriabit's picture

Thank your supprots

I will keep on wrinting, knowing that the community out there is reading me.

Thanx a lot

Gloria B

Klaudia Mexico's picture

keep going!!!

DEar Gloria

In cases like yours, we must keep going and rise our voices. Tha path seems more like a nightmare, but the sun will rise soon. Just keep rising your voice!
We´re with you!

Klaudia González

torilynnfox's picture

Thank you for sharing this

I know it must be emotionally exhausting at times to recall all the troubles women in your community face. But speaking out like that can only bring positive change. Your courage and strength will be so influential and inspirational to other girls in your community and all over the world. Keep up the good work. We are all listening!

dreams with the moon's picture

don't loose faith

Dear Gloria,

I hear the pressure of this truth... It is a huge challenge to be placed in a situation like this, to witness it and to have experienced aspects of it yourself. And at the same time NOT TO LOOSE FAITH. Thank you for confronting us with this truth- I don't want to turn away but at least feel some of the pain you're feeling when writing about this.
It is YOU standing up and consciously dealing with the situation, YOU writing about it that will make a difference- one fine day. And there is so much hope... So many women from your country are speaking up. I have the feeling that there will be this tipping point and one day a critical number will be reached and power will shift.

Please continue your journey, DRC and the world needs women like you!


Gloriabit's picture

yes I will not loose hope

Thanx for all your encouragement, i know speaking will help out . But finding way to use to teach this women their right so that they may not be ignorant all through their live will be much comforting.

Thank you very much


antonia.h.'s picture

I have read some things about

I have read some things about the DRC before because i chose it for a paper at school. I cannot say I know exactly what's going on (I guess you can never really know unless seeing it for yourself), but I do know that the situation there is one of the worst for girls and women, since the poverty is affecting them more through the deep-rooted social stereotypes. There needs to be a profound change, starting with educating the girls that their role is not/ not limited to the one imposed by society and also educating the boys to see girls as their equals. But then starts the discussion on providing this education...
It's a tricky subject to tackle and I just wish I had an answer. But in any case, it's really inspiring to see women like you being aware of the situation. That's the first step in taking some positive action. Thank you for letting others know as well!

CatherineSakala's picture

Be an example

It is heartbreaking am sure for you to see all that and it is heartbreaking to hear that one sex would degrade another and make them their slaves.

There is nothing wrong with being a girl and their is no sex which is better than the other otherwise there would only be one sex in the world.

Do your best at your level and with the resources you have. It doesn't have to be drastic but you will never know how just being an example would help people. Don't lose hope. Keep aspiring for better things.

Catherine Sakala
Entomologist and Parasitologist- Zambia

Gloriabit's picture

yes i will

Dear Antonia, yes in DRcongo the situation worst. we are trying our best to spread awareness but you to understand that due to low level of eduction, it very hard for those women to accept facts, culture, war are the real factors that makes a woman's sex down.

we shall keep on working hard toward a best future


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