#PoliticoCD. | DRC: Preparations for the conference on masculinity, Chantal Mulop talks with customary chiefs

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On the sidelines of the Conference on Positive Masculinity, the opening of which is scheduled for November 25 in Kinshasa, the Special Advisor to the Head of State in charge of Youth and the Fight against Violence Against Women, Chantal Yelu Mulop addressed the traditional chiefs of the Republic.

In her communication, Chantal Yelu Mulop informed her hosts that the objective of this conference “is to mobilize the commitment of political leaders and the action of leaders in order to accelerate the prevention and eradicate Sexual Violence Based on Gender (VSBG) at all levels in Africa.

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With regard to violence against women, she underlined how much and how this violence takes various forms, some verbal, others physical, others still psychological.
Among the remedies to overcome this discrimination is precisely the promotion of positive masculinity.

Venus from different provinces of the country, the traditional authorities marked their presence by addressing the subjects submitted to their criticisms, opinions and considerations. Speaking in this regard, His Majesty Mfumu Difima Ntinu, National President of the Superior Council of the Traditional and Customary Authority, congratulated the Head of State Félix Tshisekedi who is concerned about the autonomy of women in all areas of life.

This event, which will have as participants the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the African Union, a continental organization currently chaired by Félix Tshisekedi, will focus on four themes.

These are sexual violence in times of conflict; early marriage and pregnancy, female genital mutilation and other harmful cultural practices; limited access to land and other resources; and the participation of women in decision-making.

It should be noted that at the end of the work in committees, resolutions were taken. Notably :

  • the organization of barzas;
  • the involvement of women;
  • taking into account traditional authorities in the major bodies and the good policy of access to land.

It was also question:

  • improve living conditions and access to education;
  • to apply democracies at the grassroots;
  • to fight against the impunity of perpetrators of crimes of sexual violence;
  • to send all girls and boys to school;
  • to revitalize the initiations of traditional practice for the supervision of young people;
  • formally prohibit children from accessing drinking establishments;
  • to create recreational centers for both sexes;
  • involve customary chiefs in decision-making in their community;
  • to provide them with the means to sensitize their communities on parity.

Bernard MPOYI

Source: PoliticoCD.

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