Congolese Women March to End Rape

Welcome to ipl2’s weekly blog.  This week our highlighted resources focus on current events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  According to the CNN article listed below, “the United Nations has named the Democratic Republic of Congo the ‘rape capital of the world,’ with 15,000 women raped in eastern Congo last year.”  On 18 October, rape victims in the DRC took to the streets to protest the use of rape as a war tactic, to combat the social stigma attached to rape victims, and to tell the world what has been happening to them.

For information about the march on 18 October 2010, visit:

NEW! CNN: “Congolese rape victims march against sexual violence”
This CNN article describes via video and text the rape victims march in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 18 October 2010.

For information about the ongoing situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), visit:

NEW! Kinshasa Times
Kinshasa Times is part of the World News Network and provides headlines from news sources around the world on what’s happening in the Congo.

World News: Congo
News stories and background information on Congo, covering the civil war and rebel movement, the March 2004 coup attempt against the president, international peacekeeping efforts, AIDS/HIV, violence against women, and related topics. Includes video clips, analysis, and related links. From the Guardian Unlimited, the online companion to the British newspaper The Guardian.

Country Profile: Democratic Republic of Congo
Profile of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), including demographic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events, and information about DR Congo leaders and media. Site also includes links to related news stories and audio of some stories. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

For information about organizations that are actively opposing violence against women in Africa, visit:

NEW! Pambazuka News: “Solidarity: Opposing violence against women: International Women’s Action for Peace and Human Security”
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the main aims of the Million Women Rise (MWR) delegation of British women who attended the Third International Action of the World March of Women in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.delegation, including why DR Congo was chosen and why women are being attacked in the DRC. Further, information on what readers can do to help is listed, as well as links to other activist organizations’ websites.

Thank you for checking in.  The teams at the ipl2 hope you find this information helpful in better understanding our global community’s challenges and triumphs.


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