The African Union (AU) Commission Representative for DRC, Ambassador Abdou Abarry, has extended an invitation to partner with ActionAid DRC in addressing challenges in the Kisenso community.
The community has been grappling with access to basic facilities such as water, forcing women to travel about a 25 minutes’ drive to Kinshasa to fetch water which flows only at night between 23:00 and 3:00am, exposing women and girls to bandits.
Ambassador Abarry made this collaborative call during his participation in the 2017 International African Women’s Day in Kisenso.
ActionAid DRC, in partnership with the Ministry for Gender and Children Affairs and a local partner, organized a one-day event to commemorate the International African Women’s Day in Kisenso, a suburb of Kinshasa.
The event was attended by other high level delegation including the Vice Minister for Budget, and His Excellency, the Country Representative of the AU Commission in DRC
The International Women’s Day event gave ActionAid DRC the opportunity to highlight the various issues that the Kisenso community faces ranging from lack of electricity and health facilities, water, roads and the threat to human safety and security of state authorities
Over 300 women and young people used the opportunity to demand provision of these basic facilities from representatives of state institutions. They also presented the dangers and risks of power cuts, dark streets, social acceptance of abused women and girls and advocated for adequate gender responsive urban planning policies and programmes in Kisenso.
Following this, African ambassadors based in DRC will be undertaking a two-day field visit to Kisenso to acquaint themselves with the work of AA DRC and explore areas for collaboration.
Expected to occur in September, the visit will equip leaders with the necessary knowledge of the community to enable them adopt projects and policies that will benefit the women and children of DRC.