Webcast Event – Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Please join the next Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast: Shining a Light on the Crisis in the Congo on Tuesday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
RSVP for this webcast as space is limited.

Background:
Much of the instability, displacement, conflict, and sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is financed by armed groups’ control over lucrative mines and mineral trade routes. This Catholics Confront Global Poverty webcast will explore how the extraction of natural resources in eastern DRC is related to the horrific violence against women there.

This webcast will provide:
• An on-the-ground view from a CRS partner who works with survivors of sexual violence in eastern DRC;
• An overview of CRS’ response and support for the people who live there from a CRS staff person;
• USCCB and CRS’ policy recommendations for how U.S. policymakers can make a difference on these issues based on Catholic social teaching and our experience;
• Ideas on how Catholics in the U.S., through the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative, can support peace in DRC;
• An opportunity to ask the presenters questions about these issues and engage them in dialogue.

For more information:
• Read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ backgrounder on Violence Against Women.
• Read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ backgrounder on Extractive Industries.
• Learn more about USCCB and CRS’ Public Policy on the Democratic Republic of Congo.
• Read Mathilde Muhindo Mwamini and Olun Kamitatu’s bios.
• Learn more about how global poverty and natural resources are linked.
• Watch a brief video on global poverty and natural resources.
• Learn more about the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative. Join now.

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