Letter to the President of the DRC Joseph Kabila during the 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women
Goma, North Kivu
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Subject: Letter to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila during the 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women
Dear Chairman Kabila:
I trust that you are doing well and I appreciate your attention to this letter that write with great pleasure in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
My name Passy Mubalama, I am a Congolese woman and I live in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. I am the founder of a nonprofit organization called the Actionand Development Initiatives to protect women and children, AIDPROFEN association based in Goma, North Kivu in eastern DRC.
Mr. Chairman, for about two decades the province of North Kivu, my province is experiencing political instability and has been the scene of clashes and armed conflicts. The sequence of all these wars has caused numerous violations of human rights and especially the rights of women and children as you are aware.
Because of the war and clashes for two decades, women in North Kivu have experienced excruciating moments in theirtlives. With these AFDL rebellion, RCD , CNDP National Congress for the Defense of the People and the M23 recently, many violations of women's rights have been and still are reported—cases of sexual violence, killings, genital mutilation , sexual slavery, kidnapping, torture and other forms.
In addition to all this, they have been for years, victims of backward customs and traditions that continue to underestimate women and argued that the woman is a weak creature, which is not the case you are a witness.
I am from Namibia, where I saw how many women in this country were respected and regarded by their community. I was struck by the fact that the government of this country had respect for women. Men were afraid to beat their wives, to insult them because the governments helped to ensure the beating of wives was punished. The woman felt loved and respected in this country.
For once, my heart was happy to spend some time in a country where women can live their full lives. I know this is possible in our country because I trust in your authority, in our power.For example, you can strengthen the judiciary of our country in the fight against corruption that characterizes the Congolese judicial system, to facilitate access to justice for women because we know in our country only the rich have access to justice and earn trial because they have enough money.
Mr. Chairman, I know you are very busy and have multiple tasks to manage, but I would be very happy if you give a little time just reading this letter I am writing on behalf of thousands of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who suffer in silence and you cannot write maybe simply because they have never had the chance to go to school.
Mr. Chairman, I am aware that you have the same concerns that I have related to the well being of the Congolese woman and you will do what you can to contribute to the well being of the woman so that she might smile again.
Thank you again,