Combating Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment in the DRC
Mme Jeanine Mabunda, Presidential Adviser on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chair: Ben Shepherd, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The last two decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have become notorious for the prevalence of sexual violence, with tens of thousands of women and young girls believed to have been subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence. The use of child soldiers has also been endemic, with the almost 1,000 children recruited by armed groups between January 2012 and August 2013 alone, predominantly in the eastern province of North Kivu, according to UN estimates.
Mme Jeanine Mabunda, the president’s personal representative in charge of the fight against sexual violence and child recruitment for the DRC, will discuss her work to increase awareness of sexual violence and child recruitment. She will discuss how to better protect women and children in armed conflict and efforts towards ending impunity.