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Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:08 AM

Why Fighting Gender Violence Is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC

Why Fighting Gender Violence Is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC
By Rachel Grant
USAID

Ms. Rurayi Namuhindo, pictured writing her name, is proud of her reading and writing skills. They are giving her a new lease on life, as she can now help her children with homework and use her newfound skills when selling her bread and soap. Ms. Namuhindo and others are just a few of the empowered women I met recently while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The people of the DRC have faced so many challenges, which are unfathomable to someone growing up in the developed world — years of conflict, occasional natural disasters and poverty.

The lives of women are especially hard.

http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2014/06/20140612301187.html
Today, armed conflict, sexual violence, and abuse continue to be widespread. Some 2.6 million people have been displaced, and 6.4 million lack enough food to be able to eat every day. Eastern DRC is said to be the “rape capital of the world,” according to a 2011 American Journal of Public Health study.

So how does this relate to that country’s food crisis?

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