The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the worst place to be a mother, according to a report by Save the Children. Rape and other forms of sexual violence perpetrated by security forces and armed groups have become commonplace. Access to medical services is also a problem for Congolese women. Husbands' permission is required for delivering key services to their wives.
Human rights defenders - women and men - are often the front line source of help for victims of gender crimes and crimes against humanity. In turn, the armed groups often threaten the human rights defenders.
This Mother's Day, support Congolese human rights defenders, and especially women human rights defenders, by writing to President Joseph Kabila of the DRC. Read More »