Since the defeat of the M23 in eastern Congo, around 8,000 combatants of other rebel groups surrendered to the Congolese army. The surrenders are a very positive development, but the Congolese government together with international partners are slow to put in place a robust disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration program (DDR). They risk losing a great opportunity for peace.
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On Wednesday, the Enough Project and tech company Intel co-hosted a forward-looking panel on Responsible Sourcing and Investing in the Congo and the Great Lakes Region, attended by more than 90 policymakers, business leaders, and advocates. The panel was an opportunity for the private sector, NGOs, the United Nations, and African and partner governments to discuss how to move forward in building a responsible minerals trade and positive investment in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region. This dialogue, however, was only the beginning of the conversation.
From February 23-25, Jewish World Watch and the Enough Project partnered to host “Hear Her Voice”, an advocacy delegation and learning conference, in Washington, D.C. Together, the organizations represent hundreds of thousands of constituents concerned about ongoing violence, genocide, and mass atrocities being perpetrated against civilians, and women in particular, in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, and South Sudan.
This op-ed was originally published by the Huffington Post and written by Emmanuelle Chriqui (@echriqui) an actress and advocate for the Enough Project's Raise Hope for Congo campaign and JD Stier (@JDStier) is Manager of the Raise Hope for Congo campaign (@RaiseHope4Congo).
On March 6th, the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign is partnering with the United Nations for an event in recognition of International Women’s Day. The event will focus on new strategies for combating sexual violence in Congo, including accountability, an inclusive peace process for Congo, and progress toward ending the conflict minerals trade.