Local women changing Congo from within

Local women changing Congo from within

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been named the rape capital of the world following studies that found 1,152 women are raped every day – a rate equal to 48 per hour, but Justine Masika Bihamba does not see it that way. To her, Congo is a nation of sisterhood and solidarity. “We are changing our country from within, risking our lives to speak out and taking up the political fight against sexual violence – rather than just taking notes while men speak” says the activist who despite death threats, has for the past 30 years worked tirelessly to bring women together to effect grassroots changes that can transform the Congolese society. Read more https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/09/the-rape-capital-of-the-world-we-women-in-democratic-republic-congo-dont-see-it-that-way Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

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