“Our Government is committed to playing a leadership role in the international campaign to prevent sexual violence against women and girls in conflict areas,” said the Prime Minister. “Support announced today will assist law enforcement agencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring perpetrators to justice and help victims get the legal, medical and emotional support they need to recover from these barbaric crimes.”
The Fight Against Impunity and Support to Survivors of Sexual Violence Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo will help the DRC enforce laws to hold perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence to account and provide much needed medical care, and legal and psychosocial services to victims, thus facilitating their recovery.
The initiative, which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, builds upon the Government of Canada’s strong track record in helping address sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC. For instance, as a result of the United Nations Population Fund-led Fight Against Sexual Violence Project, which received Government of Canada support in the amount of $18 million, more than 55,000 survivors of sexual violence accessed medical and psychosocial care, 15,000 received skills training and 5,000 received legal assistance between May 2007 and December 2011.