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Mar 21, 2009
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


Petition to the President

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is host to the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II.  Congolese women and girls in particular bear the vicious brunt of this crisis. Eastern Congo right now is perhaps the worst place in the world to be a woman.

Used as a weapon of war, rape in Congo exists on a scale seen nowhere else in the world. Often successful in its intent to destroy and exterminate, rape as a weapon of war is causing the near total destruction of women, their families, and their communities. Efforts to protect women and girls in the Congo are failing spectacularly.

U.S. citizens have a vital role to play in pressuring the U.S. to move the Congo up on the foreign policy agenda, because strong U.S. engagement can avert an even more catastrophic conflict and help secure lasting peace in eastern Congo. We must urge the next president of the United States to get serious about ending the conflict in eastern Congo and protecting and empowering Congolese women once and for all.

Add your name to this petition to ask our next president to announce his administration’s initial plan to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in eastern Congo on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2009, and then report back on his progress toward this goal one year later.

Please sign the petition here.

 

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Posted: Mar 21, 2009 7:07pm

 

 
 
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