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Our programmes

- Social Assistance to War Orphans Programme (SAWOP)
- Prevention of violence done to women programme (PVDW)
- All against Impunity in the Great Lakes Region Programme (AAIP)
- The Great Lakes School of Democracy and Governance (GLSDG)

Social Assistance to War Orphans Programme (SAWOP)

Violence in the African Great Lakes Regions in General, and particularly in the DRC, have seriously affected children in many ways. Pertinent reports show that children under five constitute half of the victims of conflict in Congo. Many are those who found themselves orphans because of direct or indirect consequences of the war. Tens of thousands of children are associated with armed groups, willingly or forcefully. Most of the youths who enrolled willingly in the armed groups are constrained by the de-structuring of their family settings due to war, poverty and ill treatment. In fact among the causes of the child soldier phenomenon is the inability to cater for basic needs such as schooling, decent feeding and health care.

SAWOP programme contributes to the prevention of “militiasation” of the youth and relief of the children from war effects by bringing social assistance to war-affected children. It gives particular attention to war orphans because of their particular vulnerability. The types of assistance consist of a bursary to war orphans, facilitating their access to basic health and sensitisation on child rights.

Although priority may be given to education sponsorship, the plan is also to open a sanito-nutritional centre in the Kivu, with a nutritional consultation, medical laboratory, dietary-treatment, dietetic feeding, pharmacy and dietetic dishes for the most vulnerable children.

The SAWOP will thus sensitise benefactors at the local and international level to join this effort by sponsoring children in one or other of these services. On the other hand, the GLPIC commits itself to accountability towards the benefactors by sending them quarterly reports on sponsored children’s school performance.

Prevention of violence done to women programme (PVDW)

On April 27th 2010, the Swedish Margot Wollström, the UN Special envoy for the violence done to women and children in conflict areas, raised an alarm from New York : the DRC has become “the world capital rape city”. According to her, “if women continue to undergo sexual violence, it is not because the law cannot protect them, but because it is not applied.” And she added, “Women have no rights if those violating their rights remain unpunished”

At the time this disconcerting statement was made, statistics published by the UN via UNHCR showed that 1, 244 women were raped in the first quarter of 2010 mainly in the eastern DRC (Kivu and Province Orientale) and 200,000 women have been raped since the beginning of the war in 1996. In May 2011, however, these UN statistics were surpassed in The American Journal of Public Health, according to which a study published on May 11th, 2011 reveals a high increase in cases of rape in the DRC, citing a rate of 1, 152 women per day, an average of 48 per hour.

In response to this tragic situation, the GLPIC has initiated, in collaboration with the Collective of Zealous Women of Yira (COFEZY) based in Butembo (North Kivu), the Programme of Prevention of Violence done to Women (PVDW). The PVDW aims at popularising the legal national and international instruments on women’s protection and leading to legal advocacy in favour of victims in view of banishing the impunity of rapists.

Moreover, the GLPIC and the COFEZY are planning the creation of health centres with components of primary health facilities (maternity, laboratory, pharmacy…) to aid rape victims especially, and a women’s social centre with specialized training to help build literacy and the skills to help victims re-integrate themselves into society.

All against Impunity in the Great Lakes Region Programme (AAIP)

Since the Rwandan genocide of 1994, security in the African Great Lakes region is troubled. Following this genocide, the African regional war on the Congolese territory with its continuing consequence today has gained all its notoriety as far as its increasing human casualties are concerned. If the Rwandan genocide killed about a million people, the Congolese crisis has killed about 5 million. The number of female victims of rape is beyond the unbearable, with more than 200,000 cases recorded since 2006. Many thousands of children directly took part in the conflict, being forcefully or willingly recruited into the armed groups. Many reports by UN experts and other specialised organisations have already revealed the close link between the illegal exploitation of natural resources of the DRC and the continuation of violence in the Great Lakes Region.

It is however unfortunate to notice that most of the authors of these crimes, the most odious during the age of Human Rights globalisation, remain unpunished, while numerous victims remain ignorant of their most fundamental rights. Consequently, the criminal machine is still strong and many crimes have still not been recognized. If the situation is still continuing, it is because impunity has been constructed as part of a system among local, national and international actors holding the key and strategy of restoration of peace in the region.

To this effect, AAIP aims to educate the public on Human Rights by daily denouncing crimes on its website and initiating radio and TV programmes. Moreover, in this programme, GLPIC aims to start a magazine “Peace Initiative Bulletin” in which it will publish twice a year, sharp analysis on issues of peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region.

The Great Lakes School of Democracy and Governance (GLSDG)

One of the principle objectives of the GLPIC is the promotion of accountability for public authorities and civil society actors in the implementation of the rule of law, the promotion of democratic principles and good governance.

Therefore, the GLPIC is planning to organise annual short courses (about 40 hours) for capacity building aimed at elected leaders, public administration agents, NGO leaders, students, and researchers. The goal of these courses is to strengthen the auditors’ knowledge and to perfect their competence in managing programmes on human rights, security, peace, democracy, governance and sustainable development. The modules will cover themes concerning electoral education and citizen’s participation, advocacy and social mobilisation, human rights and humanitarian actions, conflict management and culture of peace, sustainable development and protection of environment, climate change, governance of enterprises, organisation management, enterprise audit, human resource management, local governance and administrative practice, group dynamics, project management, public health, human ecology, preservation of nature, food security, etc. Modules will be taught in French and/or English, leading to a specialised certificate.

Thus GLPIC intend to mobilise funds for the building of the school of Democracy and Governance of the Great Lakes, with the goal of having 4 classrooms with 40 seats each, and a documentation centre (library, videoconference room…)

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