Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A minute of silence for young women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Researching recent DR Congo data, I have come across this 2007 UNFPA/ Population Council report on DRC youth, and especially young women: The adolescent experience in depth. It contains some harrowing statistics. This table, taken from the report, speaks for itself. It shows that up to 90% of 15-25-year-old females in DRC believe that wife beating is justified under certain conditions (simple, day-to-day conditions, such as arguments within the couple, the wife leaving the house without asking the husband's permission...). The lowest rate is just above 75%, in the country's capital city, Kinshasa.