Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Although the war between the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbors ended in 2003, sexual violence has continued to be used by armed groups and militias to create instability in communities in eastern Congo.

This violence is most often focused on women and girls, but boys and men are victimized as well. Sexual violence in the region can take the form of kidnapping, rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, or genital mutilation.

Community-based organizations and international NGOs working across eastern Congo are providing assistance to survivors of rape and sexual violence, including medical treatment, counseling, education, legal assistance, as well as sensitization. 

Additional Research

Interrupting the Silence: Addressing Congo's Sexual Violence Crisis within the Great Lakes Regional Peace Process

Enough Project 

Flying With Both Wings

Panzi Foundation