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'Before the War, I was a Man': Men & Masculinities in Eastern DR Congo

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PDF, Added 07 Sep 2011, Mandy Marshall

The fight of the international community against sexual violence in  Eastern  Democratic Republic of Congo is missing the true causes. This is shown by the  study ''Before the War, I was a Man'', a study of the Congolese humanitarian organisation  HEAL Africa.''Most of the projects focus on women. If you want to stop sexual violence you have to involve men also'', explains Desiree Lwambo, author of the study and gender advisor at HEAL Africa. This would be even more important today than in former times because  many men  lost their place in society. ''Decades of war, corruption, social injustice and impunity have destroyed traditional values, but so far there are no alternative values in place'', says Lwambo.

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