Groundbreaking - Women's Community Center and School (Bunagana, DR Congo)

School groundbreaking, Bunagana, DR Congo

Bunagana, is a small town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), where the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo meet. It served as the headquarters of the M23 rebel militia until late 2013. In 2012 the rebels experienced heavy defeats by the Congolese army and UN forces, they fled and their numbers have drastically been reduced.

Woman talks about need for women & girl education - interpreted during video. (Bunagana, DR Congo) 

In the DR Congo, 10.7 percent of adult women have reached a secondary or higher level of education compared to 36.2 percent of their male counterparts. (Human Development Report 2013, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World)

In the DR Congo, only 51 percent of young women age 15-24 years are literate, a figure that falls to only 28 percent for women from the poorest areas. (Brookings, Data from 2010 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey)

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