The UK spends £1m a day, or $500m a year in the D.R.Congo, in order to support the development of the D.R.Congo, to support democracy and the rule of law, demonstrating the depth of the UK-D.R.Congo relationship. In June 2016, the UK was ready to spend £17m to help fund free and fair elections in the D.R. Congo, however the incumbent D.R.Congo Government and other political actors have demonstrated that they seek to prolong the rule of Joseph Kabila into a third term, which is barred under the D.R, Congo constitution. With the recent launch of a political dialogue that started on the 1st September 2016, it is now clear that it will be impossible to hold presidential elections as planned in November 2016.
Congolese Women based in the UK and the D.R. Congo are united in their concern about the ongoing political crisis and the current situation of instability in the D.R. Congo and are calling for effective security sector reforms, the strengthening of political institutions and the respect of the D.R. Congo constitution.
The speaker panel and Q&A will explore how the UK Government and private sector through implementing OECD guidelines can best support security sector reforms and political institutions to make room for Congolese women’s voices and the implementation of the Congolese constitution as well as National Action Plan on UNSC RES 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Chair: Anne McLaughlin MP, Vice Chair of the Africa APPG@AnneMcLaughlin
1. Kongosi Mussanzi and Furaha Mussanzi - Human Rights Activists representing COMMON CAUSE UK, Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC), Bradford Congo Campaign and UKWILPF @FarayMarie @UKWILPF
2. Sophia Pickles, Campaign Lead on Conflict Minerals at Global Witness UK @SophiaPickles
3. Eve Bazaiba MP, Member of the D.R.Congo Parliament and General Secretary of the Mouvement de La liberation du Congo (MLC) @Evebazaiba
4. Catherine Pluyger, Chair of the London United Nation Association and SE Region
The panel will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Active tweeting of the event is encouraged- please use hashtags: #UNSCR1325 and #DRCongo
The meeting is hosted by the Africa APPG (@AfricaAPPG) together with the Royal African Society (@RoyAfriSoc) and Voices of African Women Campaign of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (@UKWILPF &@Peace_Women).
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