An unsung hero works to protect women and girls in the Congo
Current peace beneficiary War Child recently shared this story about their partnership with Mme. Sango Batendji (“Mama Sango”) and Fédération pour les Femmes de Développement (FFD) to protect women and children from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
FFD operates five safe houses for victims of sexual violence and manages a safe haven for women who have lost hope. To understand why Mama Sango’s efforts are so significant is to understand the context in which Congolese women live. Sexual abuse, kidnappings, sexual slavery and forced marriages are common crimes committed against women and girls. Despite the shocking statistics, prosecutions are rare and impunity for crimes is pervasive. In order to address these issues, War Child is working to promote and protect women and children’s rights, and we are proud to now be working with Mama Sango to achieve this.