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Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A Roundtable Discussion with a team of researchers currently in the United States to promote the preliminary findings of research carried out jointly by International Alert and its Congolese partner organizations on the causes and consequences of sexual violence against women and girls in the South Kivu region of the DRC.

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Mar. 12, 2004
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Venantie Bisimwa, the Coordinator of Réseau des Femmes pour la Défense des Droits et la Paix (RFDP), a network of women's organizations based in Bukavu; and Jeanne d'Arc Chakupewa, the Coordinator of Réseau des Femmes pour la Développement Associatif, a collective of 44 women's organizations based in Uvira, gave a detailed report of an ongoing investigation into sexual violence against women and girls in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The two organizations are partnered with the London-based International Alert.

In their presentation, Bisimwa and Chakupewa described the nature and frequency of the violent acts committed by different segments of the population, and examined the physical and psychological effects on the victimized women and girls.

Full text of the preliminary report is available through the link on the left side of this page.

Nicole Rumeau, Program Associate, (202) 691-4097

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