Women’s Participation in the Electoral Process in Bukavu, DRC
There is growing recognition that stable peace and national prosperity can only be achieved when institutions are democratic and representative of all groups of society. Women’s full and equal participation and the integration of gender perspectives are key to democratic electoral processes in post-conflict situations. Isis-WICCE has conducted a number of collaborative actions in the Democratic Republic of Congo in accordance with the framework for cooperation for peace and security in the DRC and the 1325 Resolution of the UN Security Council.
In 2017, we joined forces with Karibu Jeunesse Nouvelle (KJN) to campaign against sexual and gender-based violence in Bukavu, DRC and the role of young people and musicians and actors in this fight. This partnership is to further strengthen the capacity of women, youth, and the media to participate in the 2018 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With funding from Global Fund for Women (GFW) we carried out civic education on Women’s Engagement in the Electoral process in DRC in partnership with Association des femmes des Medias – Sud Kivu (AFEM) in Bukavu. A training of 20 women leaders was conducted; 5 from each territory in Bukavu. In group discussions and pictorial reviews participants were able to appreciate the role of women in the electoral process, as well as improving the knowledge of women in the electoral process and the participation of women in the electoral process in DRC.
AFEM works for Congolese women’s
advancement through available media outlets. On this foundation the
organization establishes the vision of encouraging women’s freedom of
expression, informing women of their rights and fighting for equal rights
between men and women. It specializes in the production of rural and urban
radio shows with a major focus on women, drawing on radio clubs and local
activists as a base.