Monday, 18 January 2016

Managing the battle space: women on the frontline in eastern DRC

Managing the battle space: women on the frontline in eastern DRC

 
18/01/2016

The preecarious situation of women in the eastern DRC
 is as complex as the cyclical nature of the armed
violence.
 
In the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), being identified as the wife of a rebel or militia member is tantamount to acknowledging that one is an accomplice of an enemy of the state. Yet these presumed ‘wives’ are forced to survive in or on the periphery of the combat zones, concealing their identity while using their affiliation to armed groups as a source of survival.

This study, which was conducted in eastern DRC, shows that many of the women are less dependent on their partners than is generally presumed, and that their spousal relationships often become a survival mechanism.

Download the report: https://www.issafrica.org/uploads/CentralAfricaReportNo4.pdf
 
By Nelson Alusala
ISS