GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

MADELEINE BWENGE
Posted September 24, 2012 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

En rapport avec la journee portes ouvertes organisee recemment en faveur des femmes du Sud Kivu, plusieurs questions se rapportant aux violences sexuelles et basees sur le genre avaient ete examinees. Cest dans ce cadre que la prise en charge holistique des victimes constituait la majeure preoccupation pendant ces assises. Toutefois, les femmes du sud Kivu qui ont eu loccasion de se retrouver en presence des autorites tant administratives que judiciaires, ont eu le courage de denoncer la legerete par laquelle sont traites certains auteurs des viols . Ici, les femmes avaient insistes que la loi portant numero 006 reprimant les auteurs des violences sexuelles soit revisitee en vue de renoncer a la liberte provisoire accorde aux auteurs des viols. Nous esperons que si les autorites judiciaires se penchaient sur cette preoccupation, les victimes se sentiraient protegees, Si non, le constat est tel que, certains auteurs sont arretes, mais, apres quelque temps, apres avoir sollicite leurs libertes provisoires, et setre acquite des frais de justice y afferent, ils se promenent librement, Dans certains cas, ils menacent de mort leurs victimes. Au cours de ces memes assises, lOnu femmes avait informe les femmes de louverture en province du sud Kivu de la campagne Tolerance zero, contre tous les auteurs des viols. Cette campagne souvre au mois doctobre sur toute letendue de la province. Nous esperons que le deroulement de cette campagne permettra aux auteurs eventuels des viols de comprendre qu`ils devront decidemment changer de comportement, et ce sous peine de passer toute leur vie en detention.

English translation by PulseWire member milsgra

At the open door day organized recently for the women of South Kivu, many questions concerning sexual violence and gender-based violence were debated. It is in that frame and in that meeting that adopting holistic approach to the victims became a major concern. However, the women of South Kivu who had the opportunity to meet the administrative and legal authorities had the courage to denounce how lightly the rapists were punished. There the women insisted that the law 006 reprimanding the rapists be revised to cease releasing on bail the perpetrators of rape. We hope that if the authorities worried about that aspect, the victims would feel safe. Otherwise the situation is such that some rapists are arrested but after a few days, once they pay bail and ask for bail they are free to roam around, in certain instances they even go as far as to threaten the victims. During that same meeting UN women informed the women of the beginning of a Zero Tolerance campaign against rapists in South Kivu. In October that campaign will be launch throughout the whole province. We hope this campaign will permit eventual rapist to understand they must decisively change their behavior, at the risk of spending life behind bars.

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milsgra
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 09, 2012

At the open door day organized recently for the women of South Kivu, many questions concerning sexual violence and gender-based violence were debated. It is in that frame and in that meeting that adopting holistic approach to the victims became a major concern. However, the women of South Kivu who had the opportunity to meet the administrative and legal authorities had the courage to denounce how lightly the rapists were punished. There the women insisted that the law 006 reprimanding the rapists be revised to cease releasing on bail the perpetrators of rape. We hope that if the authorities worried about that aspect, the victims would feel safe. Otherwise the situation is such that some rapists are arrested but after a few days, once they pay bail and ask for bail they are free to roam around, in certain instances they even go as far as to threaten the victims. During that same meeting UN women informed the women of the beginning of a Zero Tolerance campaign against rapists in South Kivu. In October that campaign will be launch throughout the whole province. We hope this campaign will permit eventual rapist to understand they must decisively change their behavior, at the risk of spending life behind bars.

Barbara Bracewell
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012

Well, it is always great to hear these words especially when it relates to taking action against men who rape women with impunity. Unfortunately, when words are only that without the requisite action to back them up they become useless monikers. I pray that the women of South Kivu are granted the peace of mind as well as the justice they deserve. In my opinion, women should already have the satisfaction of seeing their rapist behind bars so long as they have been tried in a competent court of law and found guilty of the crime. Isn't it a travesty of justice that a rapist is put in jail for a few days, pays a bail and is out in a few days to terrorize the victim? Outrageous! The time for change is long overdue for these helpless victims. Their voices must be heard and zero tolerance should be just that-zero acceptance for horrific behavior. Men who rape woman anywhere including in South Kivu should spend many years behind bars so they can have time to reflect on their wrongdoing and hopefully be rehabilitated to become better men in society.