Fuelled by competition for rich minerals, war, violence and instability have ravaged the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades. With the devastation of the economy and infrastructure, impunity has reigned. Sexual and other forms of violence against women, particularly displaced women, are commonplace. Mapendo is just one of the survivors; this is her story.
Today, March 8, 2012, is International Women's Day, with the theme Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty. For more information and to read the message of the Secretary General ...
The official launch of UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, took place on February 24, 2011. Under the motto “We are UN Women” a festive evening unfolded – it was joyful in atmosphere, feminine in colors, and promise-inspiring because of the energy. It was still the first week of the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women so hundreds of women, literally from all corners of the world, filled the General Assembly Hall.