The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today
Tearfund’s gender workshops in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Tearfund
One in every three women and girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, or both – a shocking total of one billion people in our world today.
This sort of violence happens in every sphere of society, and includes rape, physical abuse, harassment and discrimination.
It deprives people of a life of dignity and affects women and girls disproportionately.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Christian relief and development agency Tearfund is working, sexual violence in conflict has had a catastrophic impact on the lives of women and girls, and also of men in this context.
But because there’s so much focus on the ‘rape as a weapon of war’ narrative, an even larger epidemic of sexual and gender-based violence is most often not acknowledged, or addressed, and sadly people continue to suffer in silence, in theirpost was originally published on this site