Eastern Congo

Women's Day in Photos from Around the World

This slideshow, narrated by Candice Knezevic, the campaign manager for RAISE Hope for Congo, features photos from Join Me on the Bridge events and other gatherings held around the world in honor of International Women's Day.  Read More »

Congo's Women on the Front Lines of a War for Wealth

Congolese women - S. Virk

During my experience working with survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo as a coordinator for the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, I lived and breathed the suffering of women, writes Sylvie Maunga Mbanga in this cross post from NBC's Production Blog.  Read More »

How We Can All Help Women in the Congo

The epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the Congo takes center stage in an all-new episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, airing on Wednesday night.  Read More »

How We Can All Help Women in the Congo

Date: 
Mar 17, 2010
Author: 
Mariska Hargitay and John Prendergast

 The epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the Congo takes center stage in an all-new episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, airing on Wednesday night.

Portraying the world's worst violence against women -- taking place half a world away in Central Africa -- in a TV show set in New York City is a challenge. But Law and Order: SVU creator Neal Baer and writer Dawn DeNoon have managed to convey the facts on the ground in Congo through the eyes of a Congolese woman portrayed in the episode.

Eastern Congo is the world's deadliest conflict globally since WWII. Widespread rape is used as a strategy of war and an instrument of communal terror, making this region the world's most dangerous place to be a woman or a girl. Armed groups compete to control lucrative mines and smuggling routes. Rape becomes their principal means of terrorizing local populations into passive compliance, so they can steal the mineral wealth without opposition. These crimes destroy families, decimate communities, and lethally spread HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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"Meet Me on the Bridge"

All over the world, women and men commemorated International Women's Day by gathering on bridges to send the message that we must join together and work collectively to end global violence against women.

A large, energetic crowd turned out on March 8, for Washington, D.C.'s Join Me on the Bridge event. All over the world, women and men commemorated International Women's Day by gathering on bridges to send the message that we must join together and work collectively to end global violence against women. Below is an audio slideshow narrated by Candice Knezevic, RAISE Hope for Congo Campaign Manager, about the Join Me on the Bridge event and other events that were held around the world.

  

Photos by Enough Project and Women for Women International

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Conflict Minerals Making News

Gold in eastern Congo - S. Lezhnev

Conflict minerals are steadily gaining prominence in the public debate over how to address the conflict in eastern Congo, paving the way for meaningful advocacy directed at the companies that benefit from Congo’s turmoil. An article in the Boston Globe and the latest U.S. human rights report on Congo are two examples.  Read More »

Congo Spotlighted in This Week’s Law & Order SVU

This week’s all-new episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit once again takes on an issue we at Enough are passionate about: ending the epidemic of violence against women in eastern Congo.  Read More »

LRA in Darfur? Regional Actors React

LRA leader Joseph Kony

The news that Enough broke yesterday of a contingent of the Lord Resistance Army moving into Darfur generated considerable interest from a variety of regional actors. Some of the reactions, while predictable, were interesting for simply being over the top.  Read More »

Field Dispatch: The Arrow Boys of Southern Sudan

During our recent trip through southern Sudan, Enough’s South Sudan researcher Maggie Fick and I were intrigued by a relatively new actor in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army near Sudan’s border with Congo and the Central African Republic – a local defense force known as the Arrow Boys. Here's our new Field Dispatch about the group.  Read More »

Senate Passes LRA Bill, As LRA Finds Safe Haven in Sudan

The Senate bill aimed at devising a strategy for stopping the brutal, 24-year insurgency by Lord’s Resistance Army passed last night with a record 65 co-sponsors. But even as Enough, along with advocacy partners Resolve Uganda and Invisible Children, celebrate this progress in Congress, new alarming reports have emerged that a dangerous contingent of the LRA has made its way to Darfur.  Read More »

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