ECHOS II: about the security of women and children in South Kivu

Femme-au-Fone, two years in South Kivu

December 22, 2015 17:29

Femme au Fond analyzed more than 1000 SMS received by the system, 6000 indicators of the barometer and 30 radio broadcasts. The most important general conclusion is, as in ECHOS I, the physical and economic security and domestic violence dominate daily life of women.
A complete analysis of the situation in the 8 territories of South Kivu and Bukavu.

A strategy for the economic empowerment of rural women

By Judith CUMA

October 16, 2015 21:24

Elections 2015: can we speak of a race already lost?

By Eliane POLEPOLE, journalist of Femme au Fone

October 16, 2015 21:20

The president of my political party said that those women that have not been considered as candidates are not as strong and influential as the men are, and that they are not going to win seats for us (...) what would be the advantage of including them in the electoral list?
Can we speak of a race already lost?

Inquires a woman interviewed by FAF, who requested anonymity and which name has not been taken on the list of her political party.

It is impossible to achieve justice for gender crimes without legal investigations

October 16, 2015 21:10

The Raia Mutomboki raped 36 women in Kikamba. They are receiving care by MSF.
SMS sent to FAF from Shabunda, 6 May 2015.

Indispensable information on security in the RD Congo

By Luz Piedad Caicedo, researcher at Humanas Corporation, Colombia

June 1, 2015 13:30

The attack on the Twin Towers perpetrated on 11 September 2001 overturned the idea of human security promoted by the PNUD that placed the people, instead of the states, at the centre. This review by Luz Piedad Caicedo analyses the latest report by FAF on women's security in the DR Congo.

Fizi: Land and violence against women

Raïssa KASONGO, Femme au Fone journalist

June 1, 2015 13:21

Fizi Territory located in the South Kivu province has numerous artisanal mines, and also many conflicts surrounding land-grabbing issues. While men invade fields to look for minerals, these conflicts frequently generate violence against women.

Law against sexual violence and its enforcement in South Kivu

An insufficient step forward to tackle sexual violence crimes

June 1, 2015 13:14

Elections in the DR of Congo: Women take part despite everything

By Eliane POLEPOLE, journalist of Femme au Fone

June 1, 2015 13:11

Since the National Electoral Commission (CENI) published the general electoral calendar on February 12th this year, Congolese women refine their strategies to participate in the public management of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Trapped by an ancient tradition

Cattle and land at the heart of insecurity affecting women farmers in South Kivu.

February 13, 2015 17:30

“They teach us to wait for a husband who will resolve everything. Mistake!”

February 13, 2015 17:24

"Life is a great story full of small stories..." says Alphonsine Kamadu, a woman who is a local leader of Butembo, a village in North Kivu, bordering with Uganda. She has been a widow for 11 years and tells us about her life lessons in independence, freedom of choice and equality.

Echoes of women’s security

Femme au Fone: one year in South Kivu

February 11, 2015 10:05

A videoblog on the activities of the FAF team in Bukavu.

June 23, 2014 23:46

Medio Foundation filmed FAF team´s daily work during a stay in Bukavu for a workshop on the Barometre. Medio produced this videoblog about the project in Bukavu.

Report on domestic violence against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

June 23, 2014 23:31

"A guilty silence", report on domestic violence against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"Water, a vital element for women”

June 23, 2014 23:28

"Water, a vital element for women", this videoblogtells us how the lack of water creates an insecure situation for women.

Femme au Fone faces the task of checking the information that the SMS system receives.

«I am on my way to Baraka, where there is news from villages such as Lweba, Bitakola-alende and Mibula-alokolo in the region of Fizi, where women and children live in the middle of nowhere because of tribal conflict and the systematic looting by unknown people»


Women Accused of Sorcery, an Excuse for the Use of Violence and Discrimination

"I have been abused by members of my family, they made me go through atrocities after accusing me of being a witch"

March 24, 2014 12:03

In Kivu South, a province on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, women are victims of sorcery accusations. Many messages received by the Femme au Fone (FAF) system relate to cases of women accused of sorcery and to abuses in the community through so-called popular justice.

Update on the State of the Implementation of Resolution 1325 in the DRC

March 24, 2014 11:55

The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 by consensus in 2000; this was welcomed by grassroots women's organisations that had been working on peace and security issues long before the Resolution's approval.