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Public conference - Promoting gender equality in the DRC and Rwanda: European rhetoric in view of the facts

04/12/2019 - Event

DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

Challenges and lessons learned for transformative European support of women's political and civic participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Rwanda.  Date: 4 December 2019  Time: 20:00 - 21:30  Venue: Humanity House, Prinsegracht 8, 2512GA The Hague  RSVP: http://bit.ly/eu-gender... Read more

Press Release - Promoting gender equality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda: European rhetoric in view of the facts

04/12/2019 - Press release

DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

The Hague (NL) – Today, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) launches  its latest policy report titled “Promoting gender equality: European rhetoric in view of the facts”, focusing on women’s political and civic participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Rwanda.... Read more

Press release - La reprise de la coopération française avec le Burundi affaiblit la position de l’Union européenne et remet en question l’engagement français pour les droits humains

25/07/2019 - Press release

Burundi; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

FR - Although the European Union (EU) has stopped direct cooperation with the Burundian government since 2016 because of grave human rights violations perpetrated in the country, France has announced on 14 July 2019 that it would recover bilateral cooperation with the Burundian government. EurAc is... Read more

 

Created in 2003, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) gathers member organisations from civil society in several European countries. These organisations work on and in the Great Lakes region. They support civil society organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in their efforts to promote peace, the defence of human rights and development.

EurAc’s mission is to carry out advocacy work towards the European Union (EU) to ensure a strong, coherent and sustainable engagement by the EU and its member states, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.

Areas of work

Political and security tensions threaten the stability, security and development in the Great Lakes region.

EurAc advocates around issues of civilian protection, support for security programs, including the reforms of the security sector and the processes of disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement  of armed groups combatants, and support for peace processes.

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Political participation and the protection and civil and political rights and freedoms in the Great Lakes region face many political and security obstacles and tensions, particularly around the electoral cycles.

EurAc develops its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging the EU to enhance its policies in defence of the rule of law, the good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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The sustainable management of natural resources can constitute a significant lever for reducing poverty and for regional stability. Unfortunately, local populations generally undergo the negative impacts of this exploitation.

EurAc calls for a more transparent and sustainable management of resources, so as to make it favorable to the interests of the most vulnerable populations.

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Latest positions and publications

24/01/2020 - Report - (EN)
DRC, European Union; Natural Resources

Overview of the key-arguments, concerns and solutions discussed and elaborated during the 29-30 April 2019 workshop “The EU regulation on responsible mineral sourcing and its accompanying measures: views from civil society from producing countries” bringing together civil society actors from mining countries, such as the DRC and Colombia, as well as from the EU, to discuss the state of implementation of the Regulation. 
The key result of the workshop was the elaboration of recommendations to EU policy makers drafted jointly with civil society organisations from mineral producing countries and their European counterparts. 

04/12/2019 - Report - (EN)
DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

Challenges and lessons learned for transformative European support for women’s political and civic participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. 
EurAc focusses on the strategies and actions undertaken by the EU, Switzerland, France and Belgium in the domain of enhancing the political and civic participation of women and their participation in decision-making bodies at all levels. This analysis is based on the situation of the political and civic participation of women in the DRC and Rwanda, the main challenges in the domain, as well as the strategies and programmes implemented by the European donors (in particular the EU, France, Switzerland and Belgium). It proposes concrete actions and recommendations for the implementation of a truly transformative approach and aims to advocate for a better recognition of deeply rooted societal norms and practices in which gender inequalities in political and civic participation are entrenched.

04/12/2019 - Press release - (EN)
DRC, European Union, Rwanda; Inclusive political participation & Human Rights

The Hague (NL) – Today, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) launches  its latest policy report titled “Promoting gender equality: European rhetoric in view of the facts”, focusing on women’s political and civic participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Rwanda. In this document, EurAc proposes concrete actions and recommendations for a truly transformative European approach to promote the political and civic participation of women, and advocates for a better recognition of deeply rooted societal norms and practices in which gender inequalities in the domain are entrenched.