English translation by community member VickyM

 

Absolutely! Congolese women have an enormous responsibility to their country’s economy. Women are what I would call “multi-service”: that is to say, they provide many essential services to ensure the happiness of their family and country. For example, they contribute to the economy by toiling hard in the fields (tending to crops of corn, cassava, and vegetables) and pay taxes at toll booths en route to the towns, where they then sell their produce. Since the days of our ancestors, women have instinctively known how to take care of the domestic and logistical side of the economy - all without being taught how to! However, despite these efforts by women to contribute to their economy, they are always discriminated against because of their gender. For instance, in some ethnic groups, the custom of a man’s opinion prevailing over that of a woman’s is still commonplace. More time is needed for people to become aware of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Only when these resolutions have circulated throughout all 11 provinces of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), will women no longer be ignored and peace will then return to them. In order to fully participate in the economy, women must come to realize their own value. What is their value? To look after their environment? So that water sources do not dry up [sic]. Today, women help make important decisions for their country in parliament; they resolve conflicts between two parties; and help to prevent them in the future. These are the autonomous women who are value-driven for their families, community, and country!

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From my own experiences around the world women play a major role in every countries economy. However it is often under valued and many people are unaware of the huge impact that women have on society. I think your statement about how the wives of our ancestors have always been able to contribute to economics and logistics even without education is a great point. Women have always been strong and have always held so many responsibilities for generations. Women must continue to be resourceful. I hope and my vision for the future is that everyone recognizes the power that women have and their substantial role in the economy in every community. 

Sincerely, 

Alyssa Rust 

Alyssa Rust,

Yes, the woman contributes a lot to the economy of the country, it is often underestimated and many people are not aware of the enormous impact that women have on society. With the effort that the woman is, she deserves encouragement and respect.

Brigitte

Thank you Brigitte for your post! I totally agree with your words and sometimes I'm just afraid that people forget about this basic truth of the role of the women, as they may think that it is so 'obvious' that there is no need to fight for it anymore. However, as we witness everyday, there is still so much to do and there are places in the world where women's importance and participation in the economy, etc. is under valuated.

It made me think again of the report of UN which I've read recently about Vanuatu women. I was a volunteer in Vanuatu in October/November 2014 and I saw the hard work of the women and girls in their small communities and the huge impact it makes to the whole country. That's why I was very sad when I've read in the report that still so often the dignity of women and girls in Vanuatu is not recognized. It was very moving that lots of the women (taking part in the report) themselves admitted that not only they feel not equally important part of the community but they seemed to agree that their position was, is and will be same due to some 'old rules'.

Sincerelly,

Magdalena

Hi OMagdalena,

Thank you very much to affirm the non-valuation of women in certain place but the woman contributes a lot to the economy of the country from where the woman is the source of the economy for the home, community and country to actually trade with taxes paid at the border, these revenues into the fund of the State. The woman deserves flowers.

Brigitte

Chère Brigitte,

Très intéressant journal, comme toujours. Je pense que les femmes contribuent toujours plus à l'économie du pays qu'elles le croient. Si une femme reste à la maison et s'occupe seulement des tâches domestiques, ou si elles travaillent hors de la maison, ou peut-être si elles font un peu de deux, elles contribuent toujours énormément à la société. C'est dommage que souvent les gens ne rendent pas à César ce qui est à César.

Bien à vous,

Vicky

Translation:

CAN CONGOLESE WOMEN CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY?

Absolutely! Congolese women have an enormous responsibility to their country’s economy. Women are what I would call “multi-service”: that is to say, they provide many essential services to ensure the happiness of their family and country. For example, they contribute to the economy by toiling hard in the fields (tending to crops of corn, cassava, and vegetables) and pay taxes at toll booths en route to the towns, where they then sell their produce. Since the days of our ancestors, women have instinctively known how to take care of the domestic and logistical side of the economy - all without being taught how to! However, despite these efforts by women to contribute to their economy, they are always discriminated against because of their gender. For instance, in some ethnic groups, the custom of a man’s opinion prevailing over that of a woman’s is still commonplace. More time is needed for people to become aware of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Only when these resolutions have circulated throughout all 11 provinces of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), will women no longer be ignored and peace will then return to them. In order to fully participate in the economy, women must come to realize their own value. What is their value? To look after their environment? So that water sources do not dry up [sic]. Today, women help make important decisions for their country in parliament; they resolve conflicts between two parties; and help to prevent them in the future. These are the autonomous women who are value-driven for their families, community, and country!