The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The eastern congo
11,769 reported incidences of sexual violence in 2014
In 2014, the Government of the DRC took unprecedented steps to end the rampant perpetration of sexual violence, including the prosecution of high-ranking army officers, the payment of reparations to survivors, and the appointment of the President's Personal Representative on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, Jeanine Mabunda Lioko. An armed forces action plan against sexual violence was launched in September 2014. A national commission was created in November to oversee the implementation of the plan.
However, the year was also marked by a resurgence of violence by armed groups, including an increase in rape and forced displacement. From January to September 2014, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recorded 11,769 cases of sexual and gender based violence in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Orientale, Katanga and Maniema. 39% of these cases were considered to be directly related to the dynamics of conflict, perpetrated by armed individuals.
Unfortunately, medical, legal, and psychosocial support is only available in and around provincial capitals. In isolated areas, where the justice system is weak or absent, civilians may resort to informal practices between the families of the perpetrator and the victim to “close” the case, including marriage.
Youth to End Sexual Violence works closely with grassroots youth and women's organizations in The Eastern Congo. Though a Youth Ambassador has not yet been appointed to lead our efforts in the DRC, we continue to partner with youth survivors, leaders, and activists to raise awareness about the scourge of sexual violence, end harmful social stigmas, and demand political action.