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Democratic Republic of Congo

Plan in 2018 for 2019-2022

Objectives/aims:

The current second generation NAP has four priority axes of intervention which encompass the eleven objectives.

1.- Inclusion

·      Helping to raise the inclusion rate of women and young women to 20% within local, provincial, national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for preventing, managing and resolving conflict and in the security service

·      Helping to raise to 20% the inclusion rate of women including young women indecision-making bodies of socio-political, economic, public and private institutions.

2.-  Prevention: prevent all forms of violation of the rights of women, and girls during and after armed conflict.

·      Large-scale  publicization  of  legal  instruments  promoting  the  inclusion  of women in political and public governance and Resolution 1325 from the Security Council

·      Setting up community-based mechanisms for early warning and peaceful resolution of conflict.

·      Reducing the rate of recruitment of child soldiers (young girls and boys) within armed factions.

·      Helping to raise the inclusion rate of women and AYW in decision-making bodies within the security services.

·      Reinforcing control and reduction of the circulation of small arms and light weapons.

3.- Protection

·      Guaranteeing respect for the rights of women, adolescents and young women, and for other vulnerable and marginalized persons (persons living with disability, indigenous persons, refugees and displaced persons, etc.) during and after conflict.

·      Combating impunity for sexual violence and other violations of the rights of women, adolescents, young women and girls during and after armed conflict.

4.-  Recovery

·      Integrating the dimension of gender into the management and peaceful resolution of conflict.

·      Guaranteeing the socio-economic empowerment of women and adolescent and young women victims of conflict.

 

Commentary:

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been a post-conflict state for early ten years but is still dealing with a resurgence of armed groups, notably in the eastern part of the country. There is still a large number of displaced persons within the country, as well as incidents of violation of human rights, notably those of women, adolescents and young women, as well as girls.

 

Civil Society:

A national coordination mechanism has been set up with a view to guaranteeing successful implementation of NAP II1325 throughout the country. The coordination mechanism comprises three bodies: The Steering Committee, the National Secretariat and the 1325 TrustFund. Within these three bodies participation andcoordination with Civil Society members is outlined.

 

Women in Peacekeeping:

The NAP is aligned with the country’s National Gender Policy and focuses on advancing women’s and girls’ human rights during and after conflict and working against impunity for crimes perpetrated against women and girls. A post-conflict recovery framework is also consistent with the NAP, as the document states that the general objective of the country’s second action plan is “to promote a secure environment that guarantees the fair inclusion of women, men and young people in consolidating peace in the DRC”

 

UN Peacekeeping Statistics

 

Experts: 2  out of 5

Formed Police Units: 20 out of 139

Police:  2 out of 2

Staff Officers:  1 out of 8


Sources

1. DRC NAP                             

2. UN Peacekeeping Contributors              

3. PeaceWomen

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