Press Release

At least two women each hour fall victim to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says UNFPA

6 June 2014
Author: UNFPA

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Ahead of the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, to be hosted by the United Kingdom next week, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, warns that without immediate action, at least 20,000 women and girls, or two women every hour, will suffer sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year alone.

According to data compiled by the Congolese Government, with technical and financial support from UNFPA, 18,795 cases of gender-based violence were reported in the DRC in 2012. “Even in normal