Challenging patriarchal systems in DRC: women running for office

A victim of a mass rape campaign in the town of Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. Her identity has been concealed for security reasons and because rape carries strong social stigma. She was among nearly fifty women who were raped during a campaign in Fizi by Congolese soldiers that took place on the night of January 1st 2011. Eleven soldiers from the accused unit are being tried in a military tribunal during which they face charges of crimes against humanity and rape. The trail is the first of its kind in which a ranking officer, Lt. Col. Kebibi Mutware, has faced such significant charges. Mass rape has long been used as a weapon of war in eastern DRC. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

Heartbroken, Berthe Mapendo Muke returned to the village she knew full of life only to find it burned to the ground. Green, mountainous and packed with soil, Masisi turned to ashes because of perpetual conflict from armed groups and ethnic militias. In the past two decades there’s been bloodshed in…

Roxanne L. Scott

Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance reporter based in Queens, New York.