Women ask to join peace talks in Democratic Republic of Congo

“Women have been the major victims as they and their children were raped and killed, they were displaced and have lost property. The war has largely affected women and the impact of this cannot be underestimated,”

-Ms Nana Bindu Balume of Energy for Peace in the World.

Women activist leaders have come together to ask their government to include them in on-going peace talks that are taking place with rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The women emphasize that it is essential to include them for the healing of the country.  In the year 2000, the DRC passed a resolution to protect women during conflict and to include them during peace-keeping.  The group, calling themselves the Women Peace Activists in North Kivu Province are asking that there government to abide by the guidelines that were set forth in this resolution.

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