Countering Sexual Violence in DR Congo
How can we most effectively prevent conflict related sexual violence? What can a UN peace operation do that for example NGOs and other actors can’t?
Performance at a youth centre in Goma aimed at informing young people about sexual exploitation and abuse (Photo: Dominique Vidale-Plaza 2015)
Sexual violence affects an alarmingly high proportion of women, girls, men and boys in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The perpetrators range from armed groups, the national army and civilians. Many actors, both national, international and others, are involved in the work against sexual violence in DRC – providing medical, psycho-social and legal assistance to survivors, bringing perpetrators to justice and preventing new cases of sexual violence.
Dominique Vidale-Plaza will share experiences and insights from her work countering sexual violence in DRC. She will provide an overview of what we know about sexual violence in DRC and present some of the approaches used to prevent conflict related sexual violence and the effect these measures have on the ground.
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The speaker: Dominique Vidale-Plaza is currently on assignment through NORDEM as a Women Protection Advisor for MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC. She is the founder and CEO of Channel Initiative, a non-profit that aims to provide effective services to vulnerable communities, particularly in rural DRC. She has previously worked at Panzi Hospital and Foundation in Bukavu, DRC.