Blog Posts by Sarah Marie Ryan

April 26, 2011 Sarah Marie Ryan Africa, DR Congo, Protection & Security
Women bear the brunt of the burden in wartime.  Female civilians are attacked and left to seek the survival of their families in the midst of conflicts while they are simultaneously neglected and marginalized in negotiations and peace talks.  In the Democratic Republic of Congo, women face the ever present threat of rape as a tool of war by all sides of the conflict.  Despite the nearly eleven year presence of what is now called MONUSCO – the UN mandated peacekeeping mission in the DRC – sexual and gender-based violence still pervades much of the east of the country, further cont