14 October 2012
Evaluation: International Peacebuilding project (2009-2011) shows effects on political participation
Networking and lobbying were very successful in the DR Congo. An experienced international campaigner for women’s rights coordinated the work of 15 committed activists who had previously worked together in a political action group. Michaela Raab was very enthusiastic and reported:
"The women’s group in the Democratic Republic of Congo was truly a very impressive example. The group members have been actively involved in working for the rights of women, in some cases, for decades. The project was a wonderful opportunity for them to work together again. Distances are so great, that without external support, they would be unable to get together to plan and carry out their campaigns".
A particularly important result for the group was that thanks to their efforts, a number of military officers were convicted for acts of sexualised violence.
Existing networks in Afghanistan received further support, while in south east Liberia, the group members founded a peace network called Sinoe Women Peace Network (SWNP) and organized their first joint campaign. "It was a completely new experience for people here in Sinoe to see that the regional leader now listens to us when we talk to him about our concerns. That was an "Aha" moment for me and the community", said a woman from the SWPN network.
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