Comprehensive Gender Study in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for Psychosocial Support to Stop the Violence

Map of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 27 November 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Activists across the world are calling for action during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that started on November 25th. This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World”. Globally, the levels of gender-based violence are alarming, and they are even higher in conflict and post-conflict settings. A recent study shows that conflict contributes to increased levels of violence within the family. The study calls for psychosocial services to the men, women and children affected by violence to stop cycles of violence at all levels of society. “Peace in the home starts with peace in the mind. We need to address the traumas of men and women in order to prevent further violence, at home and in the society” says Henny Slegh, lead researcher for the study Sonke Gender Justice and Promundo conducted on men and gender equality and gender-based violence in the Eastern DRC.

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