Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits. But for countries to leave poverty behind, both men and women need to get to equal and push the frontiers of equal opportunities even further. To get there, we need to tackle three issues.
There is no excuse for courts to fail the victims of sexual violence. As Physicians for Human Rights has demonstrated in its work in eastern Congo, doctors, nurses, police investigators, prosecutors, and judges can work together to support evidence-based prosecutions for crimes of sexual violence. The ICC should know better. The ICC should do better.
I was hopeful that Feingold would speak to the root causes of armed rebellions in the region. It was puzzling that the speech offered no mention of why armed groups are there in the first place. Does this reflect a fundamental misunderstanding, or worse, omission by State that illegal mining contributes to extreme poverty and deprivation?
From sleeping suspended over a valley from a cliff-edge to glamping in high style on the plains of the Serengeti, these are 11 of the most incredible and unique camping experiences in the world.
With Valentine's Day approaching, you might be thinking about what gift of jewelry you can give that special someone that perfectly expresses your love. Consider, too, how that gift can support peace -- what it represents from mine to maker -- and make Congo's future a part of that decision.
Has President Joseph Kabila finally revealed his true colors to the world? At least 36 people, including a police officer, were killed in demonstrations against proposed changes to the constitution. The changes would require a national census before the 2016 presidential elections.
It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.
It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.
What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...
This is a very good film that could have been a great film if the producers could have taken some more risks. Having navigated this part of Virunga in 2007, 2008 and 2009, I can say that taking risks is easier said then done. If the government does not approve of your footage, it is confiscated.
It is true that individuals and local economies have felt the sting of western companies' policies to require minerals that come from Congo, Rwanda, and the region to prove that they originate from conflict-free mines.
Those of us with emotional and friendship ties to the Congo have been waiting. We have been waiting for the outrage, or at least some western media coverage after reports of massacres in the Beni area of North Kivu began to trickle out in October.
Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.
Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering.
At emerge poverty free, we have seen the effects of this empowerment on the ground in East Africa, where we run a variety of projects to educate and train women, working closely with local partners like the BCHC in eastern DRC.
Whatever happens, good and bad, I commit to telling this story -- my simple story of walking down a river in Africa, honestly. I will indeed speak of what my eyes have seen and hope that in those recollections there may be some value to be found.