Original Research

Impoverishing and dehumanising violence against women: An opportunity for service by churches in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Noah K. Tenai
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1634 | © 2017 Noah K. Tenai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 May 2016 | Published: 31 January 2017

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Noah K. Tenai, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, South Africa


An ongoing armed conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to impoverish and dehumanise women. Sexual violence meted on women has negative consequences that affect whole communities. Churches nationally and in the region have not done enough to respond to the challenge of armed conflict in general and the nefariousness of sexual violence towards women in particular. By utilising the sustainable livelihoods framework, churches in the region can be re-positioned for a constructive advocacy response to armed conflict(s) and sexual violence(s), particularly in solidarity with the women.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study is made feasible through extensive intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. The subject matter demands on the investigator the necessity to make use of the knowledge from across the socio-scientific spectrum to understand the ongoing conflict and its impact on the local people. The study entrenches an advocacy role on regional churches as a means to lend a voice to the vulnerable women, who are impoverished and dehumanised by and within the context of an armed conflict.


churches; Eastern DRC; sexual violence


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