Democratic Republic of Congo: Exploring technology-related violence against women

4 January 2016

This is the last in a series of mini editions highlighting the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project. Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted. It brings together major findings and interviews with the research teams. Drawing on three documented case studies, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) research documents some of the characteristics of online violence against women, including different routes women took in search of protection and remedies for these situations.

Conversations with the research team
From sensitisation to changing women’s lives: Understanding tech-related violence in the DRC
In this article, Bianca Baldo interviews Françoise Mukuku and Patience Luyeye from Si Jeunesse Savait. They speak about some of the research findings, gaps in legislation, the ambiguous role of internet services providers, and how justice is defined by survivors.

DRC country report
Technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
This report emerges from research carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between November 2013 and April 2014 by Si Jeunesse Savait and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a multi-country project entitled “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Mobile phones had been the most frequently involved platform in the cases of technology-related VAW explored by the local research team. In all three of the cases, the survivors were victim to multiple acts of violence, either by the same person or different people who, for the most part, were in better control of the technology than the victims.

Case studies

My ex tarnished my image

A reputation destroyed

Just like the boys

For more information about the multi-country research visit the research site

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