A presentation about MWR delegation to the DRC

Title: A presentation of findings from World March for Women in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, London

Description: Jeremy Corbyn MP and the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa in cooperation with the Million Women Rise coalition invites you to attend A Million Women Rise: a presentation of findings from World March for Women in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2011

To book a place: email Jane Gregory, janewriteme@gmail.com

The Million Women Rise (MWR) coalition will present the findings of their recent trip to the DRC during the Third International Action of the World March of Women that involved women from 48 countries and an estimated 1500 women notably from all over Africa.

In advance of the DRC Presidential elections planned for the end of this year, this meeting will address the realities of sexual and gender-based violence for Congolese women as well as strategies for ending impunity for these crimes.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeremy Corbyn MP (chair)
  • Sabrina Qureshi, founder of MWR and member of London Women’s  International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Marie-Louise Pambu, co-founder of Common Cause UK (tbc)
  • Marie-Claire Faray, Vice-President of UK WILPF and member of Common Cause UK
  • Jane Gregory, Vice Chair of Rape Crisis (England & Wales)

The MWR Coalition is a diverse group of individual women and women representatives from who are united by their outrage at the continued daily, hourly, minute-by-minute violence enacted against women worldwide.

The British delegation of MWR who attended the March in Bukavu also attended meetings with women across the DRC in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Mwenga. They talked with women’s rights activists, women representing armed groups, the police, the Congolese army and female politicians from various political groups and experiences. The UK delegation also met with the Congolese Minister for Justice and the British Ambassador to DRC.

The delegation received support and solidarity from members of their respective organisations, from the London Feminist Network, Roshni, the Women and Girls Network, the Centre for the Resolution of Conflict in Bradford and the Women’s Resource Centre. Many individual women in the UK including MPs, academics and UK officials gave their personal backing to the British delegation solidarity visit.