Women's Economic Activities in Eastern DRC: Livelihoods Under Duress

Meredeth Turshen

February 20, 2014

Campus Center Room 3545, UMass Boston

Protracted conflict over three decades in eastern Congo has profoundly altered livelihoods—-not just the ways in which women and men earn their living, but also the social, community, legal, political, security, and economic environments in which people work. Congolese women cannot avoid putting themselves in dangerous situations if they are to earn money and feed their families, and their work in markets and mining exposes them to violence and sexual exploitation.

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