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DR CONGO: Uniting for Peace and Gender Balance

IWD-2012-DRC

ORGANISED BY: COFAPRI (Congolese Females Action for Promoting Rights and Development)

WHEN: March 8, 2012

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WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE: COFAPRI on Join Women on the Bridge website

 

A Woman is a Bridge

"In the context of some DRC cultures, a woman is also a bridge because she unites two families that are her own and that of her husband. As regards to International Women's Day, the meaning becomes double and strong, because women and men are standing on the bridge."

On International Women's Day (IWD),COFAPRI members join the women of the whole world in celebrating this great event.

In recognition of IWD, its members recently met at Cibimbi village, and they included women, girls, and some boys.

Astherewasnobridgearoundinthearea,thewomen and men membersofCOFAPRIstoodinacirclehand-in-hand,asasignofpeace,unity,andbreakingdiscriminationthatisoftendirectedtowomenandtheirdaughters.

For us, the bridge was virtual and it conveyed a real meaning: it symbolized the connection of two areas that were separate before. In meeting on a bridge, people unite what was separate before. Besides, women meeting on a bridge are also another bridge.

In the context of some DRC cultures, a woman is also a bridge because she unites two families that are her own and that of her husband. As regards to International Women's Day, the meaning becomes double and strong, because women and men are standing on the bridge.

The members we met belong to one village. We could not dare venture into other villages, as insecurity is prevalent in the area.

Thememberswhowerepresentsaidthatalthoughtheybelongtoonevillage,theystillrepresentallthewomenoftheworld,includingtheotherwomenoftheirgroupwhocouldnotdescendmountainsandjoinusbecauseinsecurityisprevalentinthearea.

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