Zero Tolerance with the Violence of Armed Groups Against Women in the DRC
“Violations of armed groups must be investigated effectively.” Maat to the CEDAW Committee
“Mechanisms to report sexual exploitation and violence shall be provided.” Pasha said
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights delivered an oral intervention before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the impact of armed groups on the continuing violations of women’s rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the work of the 73rd session of the respective treaty body in Geneva, Switzerland.
The intervention pointed out the increasing number of women and girls victims of sexual violence, as a result of the violence of armed groups, and called for the need for effective investigation. The intervention also addressed the legal challenges facing the DRC, particularly those related to domestic violence against women.
Abdulrahman Pasha, Researcher at the African Affairs Unit of the Foundation, called for the need to provide mechanisms for reporting sexual exploitation; include penalties for domestic violence; and explicitly prohibit marital rape.
Pasha also called for that sexual violence shall be not tolerated by bringing perpetrators to justice regardless of their official status; ensuring the protection of victims and witnesses; and providing adequate compensation to victims.
It is worth mentioning that Maat is participating in the 41st session of the Council with an international delegation consisting of 26 members from 8 European and African countries. The Foundation is holding a number of events and meetings on the sidelines of the 41st session.
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