KEY FIGURES – New data on education, reproductive health, involvement in household decision-making and the manner in which young women perceive physical and sexual violence show a noticeable empowerment of girls in the DRC.
GUEST BLOGGER – Only 11% of births are recorded in the Province of Kasai Oriental. Trevor, 14 years old, is one of the many children without a birth certificate.
TESTIMONY – It happened here in the town of Bikoro. Someone severely beat a child called Héritier. The story goes back a few days to an argument between a husband and wife.
PHOTO REPORT – A mobile court hearing organised by the Peace Tribunal of the Rutshuru provide justice to 1600 children whose births have not been registered at the registry office within the statutory 90 day delay.
CHILD REPORTER – I would like to share with all readers some sad realities that young girls live on a daily basis, which stem from the occurrence of menstruation. I write this article with the hope that, from where you are, you will act in their favour.
PHOTO REPORT – Mambote Primary School’s student club, created last year with the goal of promoting equality between boys and girls, aimed towards togetherness, and bringing the students to raise awareness within their families and friends about gender questions.
TESTIMONY – François*, 17, has just returned from the war zones in Kasai. He was one of the 500 registered cases of children used as combatants in the ongoing fighting which started in Dibaya, one of the Province’s territories.
GUEST BLOGGER – In Tanganyika, in the midst of the intercommunity conflict between the Pygmies and the Bantu, dozens of children exchange their classrooms for the self-defence militia ranks. Our guest blogger met with Rose, a 14 years old girl fighting in a militia.
GUEST BLOGGER – For years in Tanganyika, an intercommunity conflict divides pygmees and bantus. The women and children are the first victims of the clashes. Even more: hundreds of children find themselves on the front lines of the self-defense groups.
YOUNG REPORTER – We made an encounter with an exceptional woman: Ivonne. She is forty years old, and a mother of eight children. She is very determined to support the needs of her children.