Army and rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have long used sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as a weapon of war. Rape, sexual enslavement, and torture are inflicted on women, children, and men to manipulate group psychologies and weaken social networks by instilling fear, distrust, and shame at multiple levels of a community.
As new hope for peace in Congo emerges with high-level international support for regional peace talks, increased armed group defections, and increasing corporate engagement toward building a clean minerals trade, a new Enough Project report highlights the importance of addressing SGBV as integral to establishing lasting peace.
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