Democratic Republic of the Congo
Rape as a Weapon of War
The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest rates of sexual and gender based violence in the world. Here, it is more dangerous to be a woman than a solider. Armed combatants frequently rape women and girls as a weapon of war.
CARE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has strengthened its structure and strategy to assist the most vulnerable members of Congolese society eradicate poverty and reduce their vulnerability to social injustice. Our target groups include poor and vulnerable women, adolescent girls and boys as well as displaced and returning populations.
We are committed to promoting their fundamental rights, their full participation in the governance of their communities and in the peaceful, sustainable development of their country. Working with civil society and the government, CARE DRC addresses the root causes of poverty along the entire aid continuum.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
Focusing on theories of change can improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions.