DR Congo: Grassroots Groups Are Key to Women's Empowerment


The culture, traditions, morals, and main beliefs of the grassroots remain a strong pillar in whatever they do.

Consulting them in their natural environment can reveal more than we could know if we only sat in offices waiting for news from people other than the grassroots themselves.

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DRC: Women Are Key to Development


COFAPRI believes that gender imbalance needs to be addressed in economic development, in the context of reducing DRC women’s acute poverty  –  particularly in remote villages....

Such unbalance often culminates into the horrible story of rapes that we are experiencing today.

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Why They Rape: Former DRC Child Soldier Speaks Out


COFAPRI co-founder, Bahati Valérie, met up with a former child solder in DRC. The boy told her:

"Most of them joined as fighters while still children... and they had never experienced sexual activity. Now they have guns, they have power over women and girls.

Witch doctors told them to rape many women; old, young and children, so as to get extra power..."

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Education Key to Tackling Poverty and Violence in Rural DRC


One of the commitments of COFAPRI is to break stigma and silence around rape and domestic violence. This will help to eradicate the culture of violence that has taken deep roots in DRC rural remote villages where we currently work. The women in these villages experience horrendous poverty and human rights infringement on large scale...

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