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SCR 1325 has played a critical role in heightening global awareness on the importance of gender perspectives in all areas of peace and security. As part of the UN's multilateral framework for the promotion of peace and women's rights, SCR 1325 complements other international and national instruments that give women and peace activists a wide range of tools to advance their work.
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This edition of the PeaceWomen E-News focuses on women, peace and security issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The issues dealt with in this context find reflection in many parts of the world. As can be seen from our news stories (Item 2) these range from sexual violence in conflict to women's participation in peace processes, elections and government.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday it "had not expected the admonitions" of the UN Security Council and denied recent mass rapes in the country were linked to the government, a spokesperson told AFP.
The DR Congo officers deployed in the Kivu provinces "were put into offensive contact with these groups of rapists, we beseiged them", said government spokesperson Lambert Mende, when questioned by AFP.
Soldiers have committed acts of sexual violence in the north-east Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN humanitarian group said Wednesday, reporting dozens of cases.
"A total of 57 cases of sexual violence have been reported since the beginning of the year in the area of Kungu," the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
More than 400 000 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every year, according to a study by US researchers published last Wednesday, but the United Nations (UN) has expressed doubt over the findings.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said here Friday that it will focus on women's equality and empowerment as well as development cooperation in the coming weeks.
The Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women is an expert body established in 1982 composed of 23 experts on women's issues from around the world.The Committee monitors national implementation of the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the International Women’s Bill of Rights. The Committee meets every year in at least two sessions of three weeks each.
A recently-launched website entitled Optional Protocol to CEDAW was designed to provide a central hub of information regarding the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
In the context of the review of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by CEDAW (the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women), we wanted to raise awareness about the need for effective implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the linkage between the flow of arms and militarization and sexual violence.
The historic presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are scheduled for November 28, 2011. WILPF section in DRC, lead by Annie Matundu Mbambi, has worked for several months demanding the equal participation of women in all aspects of the election cycle and the assurance for peaceful, fair, and democratic elections.
An invitation to discuss will discuss important ways in which two treaties‐‐ the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women (CEDAW) along with the UN Security Council resolution 1325 et al. can work to prevent discrimination and violence against women, particularly in conflict and post‐conflict situations.