16 days to fight violence against women and children

Nov 25, 2014

Days 15 and 16: “Sexually Transmitted Points”, or corruption in academia.
November 25th is the international Day for the elimination of of all forms of violence against women. November 25th is also the launching of the 16 day campaign of activism against violence against women, girls and children, which will end on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

UNDP-DRC is involved in this campaign with you from November 25 to December 10 "16 Days-16 testimonials" to help us think about the different types of violence affecting mainly women, girls and children:  sexual violence, physics, psychological, economic, the violence based on the Kind and political violence.
Day 1: the first testimony was that of Kijana Hope, 14 years.
Day 2: the testimony of a doctor
Day 3: the testimony of the Minister provincial for the Nord Kivu
Day 4: the testimony of an officer of the judicial police
Days 5 and 6: the testimony of a provincial Minister for the Eastern Province
Day 7: the testimony of a woman member of a General-purpose Community centre
Days 8 and 9: the testimony of a Commander of the Child Protection of Special Police and Women
Day 10: the testimony of a Coordinator of the NGDO ASIFA
Days 11,12,13: the testimony of a Pygmy chief on his interethnic marriage and discriminations which it undergoes
Day 14: the testimony of Chance, 12 years, enclosure following a rape
Days 15 and 16: corruption in academia

Other short accounts will follow: people working in the legal private clinics, the social rehabilitation and economic, the fight against impunity, the Community raising, that of a chief Pygmy, etc
The intention of UNDP DRC is not to draw up an exhaustive overview or dive into nor to plunge in the look who likes to see and do nothing, but to help to reflect on what pushes with violence and how to hold back it, men and women together, and not the ones against each other.
That everyone is committed against any form of violence as any form of violence is totally unacceptable. Find all our videos on our YouTube channel

DAY 1: Testimony of Kijana, 14 years
“The day when my aunt learned my pregnancy, it drove out me”

At the beginning we hear only one long painful complaint. She is 14 years old. We will call it Kijana Hope. She lives Gummed and agreed to testify but in Chinese shade so that his face is not recognized.

Slowly, with great hesitation and silence, she returns to the horrific times she experienced when she had to flee her village attacked by an armed group.

The cameraman and our colleague who collects his words cannot hide their tears so much his testimony is terrifying and poignant. At one moment, the account is so unbearable that they remain petrified about it.

As a Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), thousands of young girls, teenagers, women and grandmothers, were raped, attacked, tortured since the war prevails east of country. Men also underwent such maltreatments but in a less extent. Men or women, very very few of them have complained. Too few have dared to speak, for fear of scandal, stigma, family rejection, exclusion of the community. Children have also been used as cannon fodder, domestic slaves and / or sexual abuse. The attackers are among the armed groups and the Armed Forces of the DRC.

"As part of the fight against impunity, the Congolese government has committed to severely punish the perpetrators of violence against women and children, regardless of rank or rank of the authors, said Jeanine Mabunda, personal Representative of the head of State in charge of the fight against sexual violence and recruitment of children. "And this word was confirmed by the head of state himself to the Congolese population," she added.

UNDP has always invested in the fight against the elimination of violence.

Let us quote for example, Canada, which funds for 5 years up to 18 million CAD a comprehensive program against impunity, support for victims of sexual violence and based on gender and women's empowerment in Eastern DRC, the Kivus, Orientale Province, Ecuador, Bandundu Province and Kinshasa. Under the supervision of the Ministry for the Kind, Family and Children and Ministry for Justice and Human rights, this program has a holistic approach and includes for the first time all aspects whether medical, psychological, legal, family, social, political, legislative, educational and economic to achieve a rehabilitation and empowerment of victims in their families and communities.

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