Kinshasa, June 1nd, 2022 (CPA)- The Minister of Youth, Initiation to New Citizenship and National Cohesion, Yves Bunkulu, launched on Tuesday in Kinshasa the « Red Card » campaign against violence and discrimination against women initiated by the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), in collaboration with the Head of State’s adviser on youth matters, Chantal Yelu. According to Mr. Bunkulu, the main objective is to intensify the fight against discrimination and violence against women and girls in Africa.
To this end, he urged them to invest more in this fight by putting their energies, dedication and talents at the service of the general interest and the protection of women, before calling on the population to banish all forms gender-based violence including rape and early marriage. According to him, this ability to fight against anti-values will make it possible to meet the challenge of social cohesion and to be able to make the DRC a modern country.
The Special Adviser to the Head of State on Youth, Chantal Yelu, for her part, affirmed that this campaign constitutes one of the actions which materialize the vision of the President of the Republic, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, by inviting everyone, according to their prerogatives, to contribute to pooling efforts against this scourge.
In addition, the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN) has indicated that the « Red Card » campaign has set itself the objective of reaching 10 million Congolese, in particular young people aged 15 to 35, sensitize political and religious leaders, but also empower girls and women.
As a reminder, this campaign was launched in the presence of many personalities, in particular the Advisor to the Head of State on Youth, some members of the government, a delegation of members of the United Nations system, at the like UN Women, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Heads of Diplomatic Missions, a large ARDN delegation, as well as schoolchildren.
It should be noted that the First Lady, Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, was honored through her Foundation, which campaigns among other things against gender-based violence. A Merit Prize was awarded to him by the President and CEO of the ARDN, Djibril Diallo.