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New York: pleading for an end to violence against women in the DRC (Special envoys Evelyne Luyelo and Elsa Indombe)

New York, March 18th, 2023 (CPA) – Mobilising the world to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls in DRC was the subject of a plea on Wednesday in New York, during the 67th session of the United Nations on the status of women.

« I call for concrete actions from all stakeholders to silence the guns in the DRC, » pleaded the Minister in charge of Gender, Family and Children, Gisele Ndaya, to the stakeholders at this session.

She also asked the audience to mobilise women in the construction of peace for an egalitarian digital education in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For the Minister in charge of people living with disabilities, Irene Esambo, online violence against women and girls with disabilities is more pronounced. « Deaf women are very often violated, that is why we have implemented mechanisms for the inclusion of this category of people, » she said, before announcing the forthcoming validation of the dictionary in sign languages in DRC and the modernisation of Braille writing.

For her part, the UN Women’s National Member for Central and Eastern Africa, Florence Raes, reassured the commitment of the UN system in transmitting the message of peace and inclusion. « Women and girls face constant online and physical violence in DRC. Despite concerted efforts, Congolese women have difficulty accessing security, » she said.

It is worth noting that the women of Africa present at the 67th UN session on the status of women, called for the involvement of all of Africa to end the unjust war imposed on DRC by Rwanda. CPA/

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