English translation by community member PilarAlbisu.

International Women’s day, which takes place every year on March 8th, was put in place to make people everywhere reflect on the status of women all over the world. Many years later, and there are credible sources to show it, women’s situation remains worrisome. She is discriminated in every aspect of her life, as opposed to man, her supposed partner, alongside whom she should be working for the greater good of society. Despite the numerous legal instruments, both national and international, that protect women (and which our country incidentally adheres to), such as the constitution of the DRC, the universal declaration of human rights, the African charter of human rights, Resolution 1325….Women’s status has not greatly improved.

There are many reasons for this, particularly the lack of knowledge about basic legislation on the subject, authorities’ lack of its application, but, above all, dominating, retrograde customs.

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Dear Marcelle,

Thank you so much for sharing this. As I was reading your post you made me think of so many different things with the great points that you brought up about how although great resolution and constitutional changes can be made but nothing will change if these laws are not enforced and if customs are not changed. In order to have real change for women rights enforcement, custom and cultural changes need to happen and evolve together. You brought up some excellent points and I want to say thank you for sharing about this important topic.

Sincerely,  Alyssa Rust 

TRANSLATION:

International Women’s Day

International Women’s day, which takes place every year on March 8th, was put in place to make people everywhere reflect on the status of women all over the world. Many years later, and there are credible sources to show it, women’s situation remains worrisome. She is discriminated in every aspect of her life, as opposed to man, her supposed partner, alongside whom she should be working for the greater good of society. Despite the numerous legal instruments, both national and international, that protect women (and which our country incidentally adheres to), such as the constitution of the DRC, the universal declaration of human rights, the African charter of human rights, Resolution 1325….Women’s status has not greatly improved.

There are many reasons for this, particularly the lack of knowledge about basic legislation on the subject, authorities’ lack of its application, but, above all, dominating, retrograde customs.