DRC: UN deputy chief vows to ensure displaced women return home in dignity

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations deputy chief, Amina Mohammed, wrapped up her visit to two African countries - Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) - where on Thursday she stressed the importance of women's participation in peace, security and development processes.

The final day's itinerary for the UN Deputy Secretary-General included a visit to the Mugunga camp for internally-displaced persons, on the outskirts of Goma, which is the capital of North Kivu Province in the restive eastern DR Congo.

Ms. Mohammed said that she is firmly resolved to ensure that women in the camp return home in “dignity and humanity", which is “not a favour but a right,” promising to embark on an advocacy initiative to finance the better settlement of the women as they return to their places of origin.

She also commended the women at the camp for their involvement in small trade through micro-financing, which enabled them to meet the needs of their families.

Regarding the victims of sexual violence, she said: “These are our African women [and] we will take their voice out” to the international community and see what can be done to put an end to the scourge.

In the DRC, the Deputy Secretary-General also visited the women's economic and empowerment centre and stressed that the mission was intended to “revitalise women's participation and leadership in peace, security and development”.

Ms. Mohammed began her trip on 18 July, which first took her to Nigeria. She was joined by the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as well as the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, as well as the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.

This first-ever high-level joint AU-UN high-level trip is the first part of a two-part mission focused on women's meaningful participation in peace, security and development. A similar mission will cover two further countries later in the year.
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