On October 3rd, Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA, met with Dr. Deni Mukwege (2018 Nobel Peace Prize) from the Panj General Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At the beginning, Dr. Kitaoka expressed his deep respect for Dr. Mukwege's long-time activities against victims of sexual violence in conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition to physical treatment for victims of sexual violence, Dr. Mukwege stated the need for support to overcome the importance of mental care, economic independence and trauma, and to recover to the pre-damage situation, In order to realize support for more victims of sexual violence, the plan for future activities including expansion of support provided by Panaji General Hospital and deployment to other regions and other countries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was explained. Japan expressed its expectation for support and support from these activities and the Global Reparation Fund launched by Dr. Mukwege.
Later, the two sides also exchanged opinions on the causes and backgrounds of sexual violence being used as weapons in conflicts, and made efforts to support victims of sexual violence and eradicate sexual violence from the perspective of human security. I confirmed it was important.
JICA will continue to contribute to the consolidation of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency