Stand with women of DRC: Urge high-level push for peace
Grassroots women in Democratic Republic of Congo are calling upon women leaders in the US White House, as well as women globally, to say ‘enough is enough’. War and mass rape has plagued the DRC for 16 years. In November the city of Goma was again the centre of violence as rebel forces seized the area, breaking a shaky six year peace agreement. A group of women calling themselves Mama Shujaa (Hero Women) has been using the internet to connect, organize, and strategize. They have started a petition to bring the world’s attention to the horrific situation, and urge action to finally end the violence in DRC.
The petition is directed at Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Susan Rice, and Valerie Jarrett. It calls on the women to take immediate action and ensure the world does not turn away once again.
“We ask for the immediate appointment of a special presidential envoy to work with the African Union and United Nations to forge a peace process that addresses both the immediate crisis and the underlying longer-term economic and political interests of the parties involved. Only through a mediation of this level can we hope to establish resolution among the numerous states, rebel armies, and special interests who have long fueled this conflict and humanitarian crisis.”
The Day Women of the Congo Took Control of the Internet, Huffington Post, 3 January 2013.
Visit Mama Shujaa‘s home on World Pulse.