UN report shows halving of sexual violence in DRC in past 3 years

Between 2013 and 2015 incidents of sexual violence have reduced in the DRC from 15,000 to 7,500.

FILE: Survivors of sexual violence receive treatment at the Hospital of Panzi in 2007 in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Picture: United Nations Photo.

JOHANNESBURG - A United Nations Security Council report reflects a halving of sexual violence in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past three years.

The world body’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence calls this the most successful experience in reducing the use of rape as a weapon of war.

Between 2013 and 2015 incidents of sexual violence have reduced in the DRC from 15,000 to 7,500.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on sexual violence Zainab Bangura says the DRC has been the laboratory for reducing sexual violence.

Lessons learned there will be applied in places like Iraq and South Sudan.

Bangura applauds the Congolese government’s efforts to support the fight against sexual violence.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)