Donate

Help us to

continue our work

by donating now!

Membership

Become a Member
of UPF-UK.
Annual Subscription
is only £30!

FOLLOW US

PicasaTwitterYoutubeWordpressFacebook

Upcoming Events

May 11: Introduction to UPF
May 20: Africa Day 2017
Jun 6: UN Environment Day
Jun 8: Introduction to UPF

Introduction to the Universal Peace Federation

April 2017
S M T W T F S
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

Peace and Development

Print

DRC: From Genocide to Recovery - Africa Needs Strong Women

Charlotte SimonA WOMAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PILLAR OF A SOCIETY. SHE IS A WIFE, A MOTHER AND A CARER. I AM AMAZED BY THE LOAD A WOMAN CAN CARRY. IN AFRICA, I HAVE SEEN WOMEN CARRY SUCH A BIG LOAD ON THEY BACK COMING FROM THE FIELD, A LOAD BIGGER THAN THEIR NORMAL HEIGHT JUST SO THEY COULD CATER FOR THEIR   FAMILIES. IN EUROPE I HAVE SEEN WOMAN WORK SO HARD JUGGLING BETWEEN THEIR JOBS AND HOME TO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES HAPPY.

THE EXAMLPE OF MY FRIEND MARGARET EVEN WHEN SHE IS AT WORK, SHE ALWAYS MAKES SURE EVERYTHING IS PERFECT AT HOME. ON THE 11th OF JULY 2009 IN ACCRA, GHANA PRESIDENT OBAMA DELIVERED A  SPEECH. I QUOTE, “AFRICA DOESN’T NEED STRONG MEN, IT NEEDS STRONG INSTITUTIONS “, BUT I AM SAYING THAT AFRICA NEEDS STRONG WOMEN.  HUMMM...MAYBE MEN? (I WILL THINK ABOUT THAT ONE.)

TO PAVE THE WAY ON BUILDING A PEACEFUL AND STRONG AFRICA, AFRICAN MEN CAN’T KEEP IGNORING THE POTENTIAL OF AFRICAN WOMEN. AN OLD SAYING IS THAT “BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN THERE IS A GOOD WOMAN “NOW, IN AFRICA WE NEED SOME GOOD MEN TO STAND BEHIND GOOD WOMEN”. A WOMEN’S ROLE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IS IMPORTANT BUT LIMITED. THEY ARE CAPABLE OF MUCH MORE. THERE IS A NEED TO INVOLVE WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT TO A MUCH GREATER EXTENT.  WOMEN ARE A PART OF THE FUTURE OF AFRICA. 

ACCORDING TO UN STATISTICS, 48 WOMEN ARE RAPED IN DRC EVERY HOUR. THAT IS 1,152 A DAY AND 414,720 A YEAR. OVER THE PAST 18 YEARS OF RWANDA AND UGANDA CONTINUED INVASION, APPROXIMATELY 7.6 MILLION WOMAN HAVE BEEN RAPED AND MORE THAN 10,000,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED.

AFRICA DOESN’T NEED DICTATORS AS HEAD OF STATE BUT MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF ITS PEOPLE. WE MUST CHALLENGE AND DENOUNCE THOSE LEADERS WHO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION TO CLING ONTO POWER, ABUSE HUMAN RIGHTS,  USE TORTURE  AND MURDER TO INTIMIDATE THEIR OPPONENTS.

WE HAVE THE POWER TO SAY NO AND TO HOLD OUR LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE MISTREATMENT OF THEIR PEOPLE, DENOUNCE A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, AND BUILD INSTITUTIONS THAT SERVE THE PEOPLE. BUT THESE THINGS CAN BE DONE ONLY IF WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR FUTURE.

I KNOW IT WON’T BE EASY. IT WILL TAKE TIME AND EFFORT. THERE WILL BE SUFFERING AND SETBACKS BUT I AM SURE WE CAN ACHIEVE IT. IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WOMEN IN DRC HAVE BEEN THROUGH TREMENDEOUS SUFFERING BUT I BELIEVE EDUCATOIN CAN HELP CHANGE LIVES. I BELIEVE EDUCATION IS THE KEY FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF CONGO IN PARTICULAR AND AFRICA IN GENERAL. WOMEN OF AFRICA NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE RIGHTS; RIGHTS NOT ONLY FOR BEING A WIFE OR MOTHER BUT THE RIGHT TO KNOW SHE IS PART OF SOCEITY. THE DIGNITY OF EVERY WOMAN IN DRC MUST BE RESTORED. WE CAN ONLY ACHIEVE THIS IF WE WORK TOGETHER AS MOTHERS FOR THE FUTURE OF AFRICA

 

 

DRC: From Genocide to Recovery - Africa Needs Strong Women

Conflict Minerals International Response


Genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Blood Rubber To Blood Metals


Democratic Republic of Congo - Genocide and Recovery