16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE
Congolese women and girls continue to be left out of national and local peace and political processes, while being subject to sexual violence in alarming numbers. Survivors of sexual violence face incredible stigma and generally cannot rely on their justice system, which still permits perpetrators to operate with impunity.
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Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.
Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.