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Title:Women and Peace-Building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: An Assessment of Their Role in the Inter-Congolese Dialogue
Author:Whitman, Shelly
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:peace negotiations
offences against human rights
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
international relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
Sex Roles
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcwomen-and-peace-building-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/
Abstract:The Democratic Republic of the Congo has never truly experienced peace or democracy. As a result, achieving peace through negotiations has proven to be an extremely difficult process. This paper assesses the Inter-Congolese Dialogue (ICD) process, focusing on women's contributions to peacebuilding in the DRC. The ICD process was initiated following the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement of July 1999, but has encountered many setbacks over the years. The role of women in the ICD has rarely been discussed. However, the importance of women at the peace table has become increasingly clear. This is significant given the impact of war on women during and after the conflict. The women of the DRC have endured many years of gross violations of human rights and their participation in peacebuilding in the DRC is therefore critical for the future of the country. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]