So long as only the women are more actively involved in agriculture, while the majority of men roam up and down the village seeking alcohol, the situation will always remain catastrophic...
These men who spend days and days drinking alcohol, once back home (often too late), they abuse their wives, beat, insult, harass them sexually, etc.
Once the harvest is sold, the woman is asked for all the money and it is the man who keeps it...
Exorcism is lucrative business in the DRC.
Barbaric and shameful exorcisms have often been performed using petrol which is poured in the eyes and ears of these defenceless children.
Tragically, some pastors of churches attempt exorcisms in which they place children's hands in near-boiling water to purge what they call bad spirits.
Here in the DRC, the number of street children is on the rise.
DRC street children have become destitute in the real sense of the word, as they have no shelter on their heads and have no one to provide them with plates of food for survival.
I am certain the reason for this is that many of them have been victims of the political and social environment of their respective communities over periods of time.
By Mugisho Theophile, Executive Director of Safe World Field Partner, COFAPRI:
"In an exchange with COFAPRI women, we learned a lot reasons why abused women often experience poverty: because of men’s violence in the home.
Abused women bear their moral, spiritual and material wounds, so they are helpless to overcome husbands’ abuse. This is often caused by the patriarchal motivation of men who yearn domination over women in society and in their home."