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October 11, 2019 International Girls' Day: The Gombe's Sacred Heart High School hosts the celebration.

Friday, October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Family in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child at the Public School “Sacré Coeur” in Gombé, Kinshasa.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court

Monday, July 8, 2019

UN Women welcomes the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 July 2019 for crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002 and 2003. The former rebel leader was found guilty on 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, sexual slavery, displacement of civilians, and enlisting and conscripting child soldiers under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities.

Unelected women candidates gather to build on their experiences

Monday, May 27, 2019

Over 3000 women from Kinshasa and the provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo have joined forces to launch, with the support of UN Women, UNDP and Canada, the National Dynamics of Women Candidate – DYNAFEC in order to capitalize and build on the experiences of unelected women candidates from the December 2018 elections.

Investing in women for peace and security

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo has adopted its 2nd Generation Plan to improve interventions around the theme Women, Peace and Security after a 2-day workshop aimed at contributing to the writing of a new generation of the National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325. The plan was adopted on 7 September 2018. It covers 4 pillars namely women's participation, prevention, protection and recovery. It also addresses the coordination aspects of interventions in these areas. UN...

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood. Photo: Lt Cdr R F Abbey RN. Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...

What the candidate needs to know – In the run-up to the elections, women and girls candidates inquire about the electoral process

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

As the Independent National Electoral Commission – CENI prepares to open the Reception and Processing Offices (BRTC) of applications, 450 potential women candidates met to examine the procedures related to the various innovations of the electoral law and to get informed about the process of building up their files in order to understand the electoral system and develop effective strategies to appear on electoral lists.

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,...

Women in Mugunga Refugee Camp prepared to transition to life outside the camp

Friday, July 28, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, concluded her visit to the Mugunga Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Goma in the province of North Kivu. The aim of the joint United Nations high-level African mission on July 27, 2017, was to understand the humanitarian situation in Mugunga. The camp was set up in 2008 following internal conflict in the region and currently hosts 3,998 people mostly women and children. During the mission, the UN team met with the camp...

Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC

Monday, November 14, 2016

How are women in the DRC affected differently or disproportionately by climate change? The Democratic Republic of Congo’s economy is based on farming and forestry. Women constitute 52 per cent of the Congolese population and a large proportion of them are involved in agriculture—in some countries, women make up to 80 per cent of all farmers. Climate change has led to consistently higher temperatures, heavier floods and drought, impacting crops. As majority of farmers and small...

Executive Director to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marking her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her mission on 1 December. During the four-day trip, she will partake in both high-level advocacy and grass-roots efforts to advance gender equality in the country and around the world.

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security:

Congolese refugees living with HIV forge ahead, gaining independence

Friday, February 28, 2014

Women are cultivating mushrooms and tomatoes, learning about business and agriculture and pooling their funds along with combating social stigma and confronting gender-based violence.

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