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For the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction celebration, we recognize the role of women and girls as powerful agents of change in addressing or managing disaster risks.

Protecting Communities in the DRC: Understanding gender dynamics and empowering women and men

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15 pages

Authors
Fanning, Emma
Hastie, Rachel

Publication date
08 Oct 2012

ISBN
9781780771892

Publisher
Oxfam GB

Series
Gender Equality in Emergencies Programme Insights

Type
Case study

Armed conflict has devastated large swathes of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1997. Civilians in many parts of the eastern provinces still face constant threats of forced displacement, sexual violence, abduction, and extortion, not only from militia groups but in many cases from those who are mandated to protect them. Oxfam's protection programme in the DRC aims to strengthen the ability of communities to advocate for their rights, including the right to protection from violence and exploitation. Evaluation of the programme's impact shows that in a situation where so many people's rights are abused and violated, empowering women often means including and empowering men in the humanitarian response too.

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