DRC Call 3

DRC: Public Letter from Women on the Political Accord

Some 50 women’s organizations from the DRC, Africa and the rest of the world call on President Kabila and other political actors to swiftly implement the 31 December agreement. (Full list of signatories and recipients below)

24 January 2017

Dear All Parties to the 31st December Political Accord,

We, the undersigned women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa and across the world, welcome the Global and Inclusive Political Accord of the Centre Interdiocésain de Kinshasa, reached on the 31st of December 2016. We congratulate each of you as signatories for choosing peace over conflict. This agreement represents an important step towards ensuring a peaceful future for DRC, though to do so, it is vital that parties work together to translate the agreement into tangible progress on the ground.

In a previous letter addressed to President Kabila on December 15th 2016, we stressed two urgent demands: first, that President Kabila state publicly he will not run for a third term as Head of State; and second, that he not support any amendments to the Constitution. We are very pleased to see that that these two asks have been met and are specifically mentioned in the agreement of the 31st December.

We now ask for all parties to the agreement to ensure two things:

1) To fully implement the Accord, including by swiftly finalising an electoral schedule to ensure that elections are held before the end of 2017.

2) To ensure that civil society, in particular women, have a significant role in the follow-up mechanism for the peace agreement (‘Conseil national pour le suivi de l’accord.’)

We call upon our sisters and brothers across Africa and the international community to support your leadership and efforts towards a successful implementation of the agreement. We warmly welcome the response to the agreement by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement. However we believe it is ultimately Congolese leaders who can prioritize peace and bring stability to the nation.

We express our gratitude to CENCO for their role in this agreement being reached, and urge CENCO to continue working with all sides to ensure the accords’ full implementation.

As signatories to the political Accord, the world is watching you. We are watching you and remind you that the security of the Democratic Republic of Congo is in your hands. We urge you to use the political gains that you have secured with the global inclusive accord to achieve the first ever peaceful and democratic transition of power in the history of the DRC, and to pave the way for lasting peace.

Please accept the assurances of our highest consideration.

 

Signed:

Women’s Organisations from the Democratic Republic of Congo:

  1.       Action des Femmes pour le Développement (AFD)
  2.       Action pour la Paix et la Protection de l’Enfant (APPE)
  3.       Action pour la Protection des Droits Humains et de Développement Communautaire (APDHUD)
  4.       Agir pour la Reconstruction de notre espace et la convivialité (AGIREC)
  5.       Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Paysannes (ASSODIP)
  6.       Association de défense des Droits de la Femme (ADDF)
  7.       Association des Femmes Juristes Congolaises Représentation du Maniema (AFEJUCO/MMA)
  8.       Centre de Promotion Socio- Sanitaire (CEPROSSAN ASBL)
  9.       Centre d’Observation des Droits de l’homme et d’Assistance Sociale
  10.   Cercle internationale Pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme, la paix et l’Environnement (CIDDHOPE)
  11.   Convention Pour le Respect des Droits de l’Homme (CRDH)
  12.   Femmes Agissons pour la Paix (FAP)
  13.   Femmes Engagées pour la Promotion de la Santé Intégrale (FEPSI
  14.   Femmes Juristes pour la défense des Droits de la Femme (FJDF)
  15.   Femmes Solidaires pour la Paix et le Développement (FSPD)
  16.   Great Lakes Human Right Program (GLHRP)
  17.   Groupe d’Associations de Défense des Droits de l’Homme et de Paix (GADHOP)
  18.   Mama Tupendane (MTP)
  19.   Mama Tushirikiane (MATU)
  20.   Maniema Libertés (MALI)
  21.   Maniema Yuende Mbele (MTM)
  22.   Mini Réseau de Plaidoyer de Protection/Butembo
  23.   Observatoire de la Dépense Publique (ODEP)
  24.   Pax Christi Butembo
  25.   Réseau des Para-juristes du Maniema (REPAJUMA)
  26.   Solidarité des Associations Féminines pour les Droits de Femmes et de l’Enfant (SAFDF)
  27.   UCOOFADE
  28.   Union des Femmes pour le Développement (UFD)
  29.   Wanama Tusimame

International Organisations :

  1.   Akina Mama wa Afrika, Uganda
  2.   Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), Uganda
  3.   Fahamu, Kenya
  4.   Gender Empowerment for Sudan Organization (GESO), South Sudan
  5.   Inspiring Africa, Zimbabwe
  6.   Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE), Uganda
  7.   Mouvement des Femmes Filles pour la Paix et la Sécurité au Burundi (MFFPS), Canada
  8.   Never Again Coalition, United States of America
  9.   People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), South Africa
  10.   People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF), Thailand
  11.   Regional Associates for Community Initiatives (RACI), Uganda
  12.   Rural Women and Youth Fund, Uganda
  13.   South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network (SSWEN), South Sudan
  14. Strategic Initiative for women in the Horn of Africa Network (SIHA Network), Horn of Africa region
  15.   Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly, Swaziland
  16.   Uganda Women Writers’ Association (FEMRITE), Uganda
  17.   Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United Kingdom of Great Britain
  18.   Women and Girls for Peace and Security in Burundi, United States of America

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Letter addressed to:

H.E. Joseph Kabila

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

All parties to the Political Accord of the 31st December 2016:

Majorité présidentielle

Opposition républicaine

Opposition politique

Rassemblement des forces politiques et sociales

Front pour le Respect de la Constitution

Parti travailliste

Société civile

 

CC :

African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security;

Conférence Nationale Episcopale du Congo

European Union Managing Director for Africa

Southern Africa Development Community Executive Secretary

Head of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO)

International Conference of the Great Lakes Region Executive Secretary representative

International Organization of the Francophonie Special Envoy

United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region

 

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