Goma wounded – Heal Africa, in North Kivu

For years, Heal Africa, in North Kivu's provincial capital of Goma, has helped victims of sexual violence and children with HIV/AIDS. But when fresh conflict erupted, the non-profit opened its doors to the wounded as well. WFP is helping them recover through food assistance. GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Elie Kakoulaje sits on the edge of his cot at Heal Africa’s hospital, the stump of his left arm wrapped in a thick bandage. A few weeks ago, he was an ordinary 12-year-old in … [Read more...]

UN Security Council condemns M23 at Goma

The UN Security Council, acting under the enforcement provisions of the Charter of the United Nations on Wednesday strongly condemned the M23 and all its attacks on the civilian population, MONUSCO peacekeepers and humanitarian actors. The Council also strongly condemned the M23 abuses of human rights, including summary executions, sexual and gender based violence and large scale recruitment and use of child soldiers. It further condemned the attempts by the M23 to establish an … [Read more...]

Save our Congo Sisters, ‘we call upon our global sisterhood to Take Action’

"We have had enough. We call upon our global sisterhood to take action. We will not be quiet until REAL Peace is upon us." ----Neema Namadamu, DRC On November 20th M23 rebels seized Goma, a major city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reigniting a war that has ravaged the region for 16 years. World Pulse Correspondent Neema Namadamu and our community of 200 Congolese women who call themselves the Mama Shujaa ('Hero Women' in Swahili) are calling on you and women leaders at the White … [Read more...]

Congolese Mother Forced To Flee Her Home

Liberata, a mother of 5, volunteered to answer questions from supporters on Facebook about her life on the run from violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Copyright: WFP/Martin Penner While visiting families fleeing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Web Editor Martin Penner met a woman named Liberata, who agreed to take some questions from our supporters on Facebook. Here is what she said. GOMA — On my first day in eastern DR Congo, I went to … [Read more...]

Women’s Empowerment – UNDP – JOBS for Women

Women’s Empowerment Women's empowerment and gender equality are one of the Millennium Development Goals and central to all other development efforts. UNDP works to promote achievement of these goals in all parts of its work, and also administers UNIFEM. We are now hiring expert practitioners for the following assignments: UN Women: Gender and Mediation Training and Resources Development Expert External International Consultant Apply by Jul-17-11 New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Apply … [Read more...]

'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo

   UNICEF: 'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo   By Cornelia Walther   BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 February 2011 – Under a blue sky, the air is filled with women’s laughter and songs. It is the perfect setting for the opening of ‘City of Joy,’ a joint project of UNICEF and the non-governmental organization V-Day, providing a safe haven for survivors of sexual violence.        City of Joy will serve 180 women between the ages of 14 and … [Read more...]

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