If all the presidents were women …
If the presidents of all countries in the world were women, would the Democratic Republic of Congo be at war?
Women are so sensitive to the problems and suffering of others that they would never tolerate the suffering experienced by people in countries where we see repeated wars today. I am reassured that they would do all they can to find a solution, quickly.
Are men aware of the suffering experienced by people in the countries they lead? Do they have a heart? Why do they not seek a lasting solution to end the wars that traumatize people; most of whom are women and children.
In the last week of August, new clashes were reported in North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between M23, an active rebel group in eastern DRC and the loyalist army, called the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) . The day after the clashes, six shells fell in the town of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, killing seven and injuring around twenty civilians. A shell fell just 100 meters from my house and killing civilian
"So until when we continue to live in such conditions? We are tired with these wars ," complains Bibishe Bashige, a woman aged thirty, years who saw the child of her neighbor die. Incidentally, we had met just a few hours after the detonation of the shells.
The consequences of war in eastern DRC are increasing. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), from 1 January 2009 to 25 June 2013, the Province of North Kivu had a total workforce of 967,050 internally displaced people (IDP's) following multiple wars in this region. Unfortunately, the majority of the displaced and the survivors are women and children who live in difficult conditions in IDP camps.
As the statistics show, the consequences of all the wars in the world are many and devastating. Every day the number of people dying injured or displaced rises. .
Since 1994, the DRC has known a situation of ' political instability and ethnic conflict due to the presence of several armed rebel groups and national as well as popular foreign rebel groups such as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of self-defense of Rwanda (FDLR). Many war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed by the rebels. Reports –The maping report released by the UN and Human Rights Watch state that armed groups like Movement of March 23 (M23) are supported by neighbors of DRC, including Rwanda and Uganda.
Indeed living in the eastern DRC has become stressful and tough for many people. These wars cause numerous violations of human rights simultaneously including sexual abuse of women and girls, killings, abductions, sexual slavery, genital mutilation etc. Unfortunately, the search for solutions to end all this is going to slow down.
But the question often comes to mind is: If the DRC President Joseph Kabila was a woman, would the situation be the same? Would the DRC be having internal conflicts?
It is true that Congolese customs and African culture tend to underestimate the woman and consider her a "lowly" being. But what solutions have men, supposedly, the "strong" beings, brought to the plight of women and children, who eagerly await peace and quiet? What do men of the Congo, Africa, the United States of America, the United Nations and worldwide,, done to resolve conflicts That cost human lives?
"We always tend to say that women act with their hearts and not their intelligence. But if men could act for a minute with their hearts, like women, will things not be different? Would not the problem of war would be solved long ago as women would not bear to see others suffer? ", Masika Denise. a resident of Goma questioned.
If the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, the United Nations and the UN Security Council were chaired by a woman, geopolitical realities might be different. I am convinced that it is possible to end the wars that ravage our world. If men think with their souls instead of only their heads and minds, a lasting solution to the conflicts that characterize the world will finally be found.
This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.