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!