The Democratic Republic of Congo-The country was first formed in 1885 as the Congo Free State, then wentthrough multiple name changes including Belgian Congo(1908-1960),Republic of the Congo(1960-1971),Zaire(1971-1997) before its currentnaming. -Also know as Zaire The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa with a total area of 905,600 sq miles. -Zaire’s official language used by the government and most large cities is French.- There are four other nationally recognized indigenous languages Kikongo,Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba aside from the other over 200 not recognizedlanguages.
ProblemI would Like to try and solve the problem of Womens rights, or rather the lack of, in my country.Following the post war era from the civil war of 1998, there are exactly Zero laws protecting women from domestic violence and sexist acts in the recovering country.The problem is not only in the lack of law enforcement, but that the culture of the people doesnt see women as equals so it is very hard for them to get hired into proper, well paying jobs.This is a major problem in this country because there are no laws protecting women’s physical well being. Along with that:-Only 10.7 percent of women in Democratic Republic of the Congo have a full education-Only 56.5% are in a professional labor force and producing income
Possible SolutionsThe most obvious solution is the addition of many firmly enforced laws focused on gender equally and the protection of women physically.The best solution would be for the culture of my country to change, fully accepting women as equals.Since the culture of bordering countries can greatly influence the culture of mine, if women were treated as equals in a country in my region that change could influence my people to feel the same way.Another unrelated problem is one that many Sub-Saharan countries face. It is that the country is underdeveloped. So in a effort to solve this ,yearly I will trade 20 workers for 19,000lbs of steel with the regional country of Rwanda for tools and modern structures.
SolutionBecause it is very hard to change the culture of a country and I can’t rely on another countries to do this, the solution I’ve chosen is to create laws to protect women’s physical well-being and equality with the hope of people seeing the benefits of working women and accept them into their culture. I plan to do this by creating a petition, that all people supporting gender equality will sign, then showing this to the Congolese government to begin the law making process.Since this is a very cultural problem I can’t ask the assistance of international organizations, but since the culture of bordering countries can greatly affect mine I have an idea that if we all tried to change it to support women as equals we could drastically change all of our countries and the lives of millions of people for the better.