Monday, October 18, 2010

The Women of Congo Fight Back

This is good news, after all the horrors I have written about here before:

Thousands of women marched on Sunday against sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the miseries of war have been compounded by mass rapes.

About 1,700 women who had attended a week-long forum on peace and development the capital of Sud-Kivu joined in the march, which was led by Olive Lembe Kabila, the wife of President Joseph Kabila.

The atmosphere of the march was colourful and peaceful, and many demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as "No to sexual terrorism", according to an AFP reporter.
For more on the horrors these women protest, see here and here (TRIGGER WARNING for sexual violence).