War on Women
The Democratic Republic of Congo has endured years of conflict and extreme levels of sexual violence. But, as this report reveals, such abuse is not confined to the battlefield; it is more than a weapon of war.
"Everyone rapes. It's civilians, even police, even pastors", Masika, who runs an orphanage for children born from rape, explains. "There is a law... but is it applied?" a Christian Aid emergency manager asks. Impunity drives the horrific and widespread sexual violence here, where it is more than simply a weapon of war. With The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict just passed, this report provides bitter testimonies from both survivors and perpetrators, as well as insight from experts and activists, in exploring the DRC's "war on women".FULL SYNOPSIS