Women in a shelter for survivors of sexual violence in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo credit: Marie Frechon/United Nations.
“War on Women” is a powerful, 15-minute film by award-winning filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn. Featuring testimonies from sexual violence survivors and perpetrators, as well as insights from analysts and activists, the film explores the impact of sexual violence and the culture of impunity that allows this violence to continue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It also offers insights into how this situation might change.
The film was produced by the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN), a UN-supported news agency devoted to humanitarian news and analysis. Based in Kenya, IRIN produces content in 6 languages, serves 82 countries and has won several awards for its coverage of health issues and climate change.
Unfortunately, the UN will cease funding IRIN in December 2014 and its future is in doubt. For more information, please see IRIN’s website or the petition to maintain the agency’s funding.