Trócaire has launched a new project which aims to build peace and gender equality
Trócaire and seven local partner organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have hosted the launch of an exciting new four year project which aims to build peace and gender equality in Ituri province. This project is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
The DRC has experienced ongoing conflict since the late 1990s, which has caused an estimated 5.4 million deaths, half of which were children under five years of age. DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 176 out of 189 in the UN’s Human Development Index.
Gender inequality is a serious issue for the country. Women hold only 8% of seats in parliament. Only 37% of adult women have reached at least a secondary level of education. This is compared with 66% for men. Furthermore, rape has been in widespread use as a weapon of war amongst armed groups in the DRC.
Ituri Province has seen some of the bloodiest fighting and gravest atrocities of Congo’s numerous conflicts. It included large-scale massacres and widespread sexual violence.
The aim of this new Trócaire project is to contribute to peaceful and gender equal communities in two territories of Ituri Province: Mambasa and Djugu. We will do this by promoting women’s socio-economic empowerment, as well as by promoting their protection against gender-based violence.
The first of two launch events took place in Mambasa territory, in Ituri province, together with four local partner organisations : CVAP, CARS, FECONDE and PADIP. During the gathering, Trocaire presented the two main themes of our project: