Women’s Leadership to Stop Violent Sexual Assault in Democratic Republic of Congo
Important civic leaders from the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) have reached out to SHEROES United, asking us to please help them with the rampant issue of rape in their country—the darkest place on the planet for women. More than 62,000 violent rapes occur every 24-hours, and the assaults often leave women with devastating damage physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Rape has been used in Congo as a weapon of war for decades, and has become a household issue. In Congo as well as in nearby Sudan, women are not only used as spoils of war, but also even as pay for soldiers, and are not allowed to say “no” or even look at the man on pain of death—with absolutely no consequences. SHEROES has developed a leadership program for Congolese women, and this has been shared and presented to Congolese refugees from Canada, US, France, Italy and the UK. SHEROES United would like to dramatically expand the availability and impact of this program, so that these Congolese women are able to teach one another, the males in their lives, and their sisters back in the DRC and surrounding areas the life-skills, personal mastery and leadership skills that are possible to change belief systems into positive self-image and healthy constructs of what is possible for women, their families and communities.