16 days of activism against gender violence

CAFOD blog

By Sonia Pritchard, Knowledge Management Coordinator

Thérèse Mema (in green) with staff from CAFOD partner the Justice and Peace Commission in Bukavu, eastern DRC Thérèse Mema (in green) with staff from the Justice and Peace Commission in Bukavu, eastern DRC

I have mixed emotions when planning for CAFOD’s annual 16 days of activism against gender violence exhibition. On one hand, I’m eager to share our partners’ incredible work with communities here in the UK who want to make a difference. On the other hand, I struggle to stay positive when hearing about the extent to which women and men are affected by sexual and gender violence across the globe. The statistics are appalling. World Health Organisation figures indicate that one in three women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s estimated that at least 200,000 women and girls have been raped since 1998.

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