Debate Panels established links between systems that generate violence against women and poverty
About three thousand women participated in panel discussions conducted on days 14 and 15 October in Bukavu, around the four WMW area actions: peace and demilitarization, common good and public services, violence against women and women’s work (for women’s economic autonomy). See how the program of each panel was organized.
About three thousand women participated in panel discussions conducted on days 14 and 15 October in Bukavu, around the four WMW area actions: peace and demilitarization, common good and public services, violence against women and women’s work (for women’s economic autonomy). The program of each panel was organized as follows:
Peace and demilitarisation
Violence against women
Common Good and Public Services
|Women’s work, for women’s economic autonomy
- Impact of reaching DRC’s debt Point Achement on the women’s social lives
- Critical analysis of Africa and European Union, USA and China free trade agreements and association treaties and their impacts on women’s daily lives
- WMW vision on women's work
- Portrait of women's work in DRC: achievements and challenges
Integrated by women from different provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as members of the World March of Women from other 41 countries, the panels allowed us to share experiences of oppression and violence suffered by women in different parts of the DRC and the world. Panels were also a space to share on proposals pushed by women to build a world based on the values of equality, freedom, justice, solidarity and peace.
Many proposals discussed during the panels are found in the text of international assessment, which was sent to all of the National Coordination Bodies of the WMW before the event in Bukavu. The text is organized around the following main topics: the violence against women as a weapon of war; Disarmament, Sovereignty and Sustainable peace: the role of Monusco, and the national army (FADRC) and nature, a common good of the people.
Challenges: To deepen the debate and continue women’s self-organization
The debate over the panels has been very rich. As the schedule was very intense, it was not possible to deepen each point in working groups. The Committee and the International Secretariat are now preparing a paper to systematize the discussion, which will serve as input for the development of a platform of demands, to be deepened by WMW groups in the DRC. This discussion will only be possible if women continue organizing in collective spaces, around common proposals, in order to assure presence, follow up and implementation of our proposals at all levels of the society.
The full texts of the presentations of each panel, in its original language, are being now published in our website at this link.