"Mama Voice" is the name of the new magazine just published in Bukavu. Mama voice is the work of the Association of Media Women of South Kivu, AFEM SK.Its official release took place this Friday, Feb. 3. This first issue includes 12 articles that talk about gender-based violence and eight others on women's participation in the electoral process.
For the first issue, this magazine is about women who continue to be victims of discrimination related to a lot of backward customs. This created an imbalance in gender relations within communities. Women are sidelined and power is concentrated in the hands of men. Women's access to land as a resource base is compromised by customs because women are denied their right to be heir and to own land. Community management is also seen as the preserve of men alone. While women are producing and nurturing families, they have no decision on resources that belong to men. These customs and practices that are maintained by men determine the weak position of women in different sectors of life.
While communities are massacred, looted and burned, women are facing another dramatic dimension of war: sexual violence with atrocities beyond comprehension.These articles, listed on 24 pages recount the unfortunate realities of violence experienced by women of south kivu province. This is among other things: A family man who violates his three daughters from the age of 14, mothers prostitute themselves to survive and support their children, women lose their jobs due to maternity, etc..This magazine also asks questions on; media outlets serving politicians?, Women will they ask their applications to the Provincial elections?, And again the conviction of the community of Kabare, only territory that has understood the relevance of participation of women in politics, etc..
It is well produced as part of the mission and overall objective ofAssociation of Media Women of South Kivu AFEM SK, which is "to work towards the promotion of Congolese women in the media available." For active participation to better train and inform its readers, although AFEM SK would like that "Mama Voice" is monthly; hoping positive change for a better Congo where the rights and duties of each other are respected.This magazine was produced in partnership with Norvegian Church Aid, NCA. It is available in the reading room of AFEM SK and in all media houses partner.