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25 August 2017

Why home, even when there’s war, is the most dangerous place for women

Shocking new findings show that even in conflict-affected countries infamous for the high rates of sexual violence perpetrated by fighting forces and where soldiers and rebel fighters are a daily danger to women, their husbands and boyfriends are the bigger threat. A baseline household survey done in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) showed that women reported very high levels of intimate partner violence – much higher than the rate of sexual violence perpetrated by soldiers and militias, writes Lisa LeRoux, Researcher, Unit for Religion and Development Research, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University.  Click the link to access the article published in the Conversation Online News site.

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