DRC: women and human rights training

in collaboration with the Association africaine de défense des Droits de l’Homme (ASADHO), the Réseau Action Femmes (RAF) and the Fédération des Radios de Proximité de la R.D. Congo (FRPC).

Context

After the fall of Mobutu in 1997, the DRC entered a period of ethnic rivalries and armed violence that has severely shaken the institutions and social cohesion of the country. Since 2002, DRC has begun a transition to a state of law under the auspices of the United Nations (MONUC until June 30th, 2010). Despite the first multiparty elections in the history of the country in July 2006, the violence continues, fueled by allegations of electoral irregularities. Clashes between the Congolese army and rebel militias have caused millions of deaths since 1998.

The weakness of the state apparatus and the strong opposition it faces is a permissive environment for massive violations of human rights. In this context of continuing instability and armed conflict, women and children are the most vulnerable groups. The use of sexual violence and rape as weapons of war is widespread. This project seeks to strengthen the capacity of Congolese civil society organizations pursuing activities of human rights education, particularly about the rights of women and the young girl.

Objectives:

  • create graphic supports for outreach and vulgarization about women's rights and human rights (the illiteracy rate is relatively high in the DRC);
  • mobilizing institutions/organizations, human rights networks and women's associations for the vulgarization;
  • organize sessions for capacity building of human rights institutions/organizations;
  • distribute graphic supports from these same institutions/organizations for further vulgarization;
  • identify places for the holding of outreach and vulgarization sessions (schools, parishes, public places...);
  • make radio programs to reach more people;
  • circulate copies of audio programs on the site www.societecivile.cd through member stations of the Fédération des Radios de Proximité de la R.D. Congo (FRPC) and in collaboration with the Réseau national d’éducation civique de l’Unité de Production des Programmes d’Éducation Civique (UPEC).

Achievements

The project was conducted in four stages.

  • Stage 1: design of outreach training content in collaboration with the Association africaine de défense des Droits de l’Homme (ASADHO) and the Réseau Action Femmes (RAF). The content touched the foundations of human rights of women and children and the consequences of discrimination against these groups.
  • Stage 2: design and construction of didactic material (graphic and audio supports). This material includes posters, picture boxes, comics, CDs, cassettes and banners.
  • Stage 3: implementation of training sessions for trainers in human rights.
  • Stage 4: implementation of public outreach sessions, mainly with groups of women and children. Over a two months period, the 40 trainers met and sensitized about 7050 people from 233 places of Kinshasa and its periphery.
Year: 
2007
Locations: 
RDC