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Media and Gender Violence in Congo

Media should play a key role in speaking out all forms of violence, including gender violence, sensitize women and encourage them to denounce the devilish acts they undergo in the society.

The DR Congo has got various kinds of media. How much do they cover programs or write on gender violence in society? Will they sort out what is hidden by others?

Generally, media coverage on gender violence in the DR Congo reflects myths and misinformation; especially about household violence and homicide though some media try to talk about it vaguely.

Oftentimes the situations are presented as isolated cases, just like exceptional events rather than parts of a trend resulting from a system of gender domination. The language used and the details reveal often the hidden brutality that was involved and therefore this sometimes is done for blaming the victim is blamed for the assault. Indeed, this situation perpetrates the idea that such brutalities are normal issues in homes and that no outsider to the family is allowed to inquire about it. And here, it is worthwhile to point that the culture does not strictly allow women to leak out the household’s internal issues to the public because this will be the shame of the husband and thus his manhood is in danger and ridiculed by the wife. If she does break this myth, the question of taboo rises. So the media fear to play such a role, which they consider as societal destructive role and therefore they keep quiet forgetting that doing so is to choose the way of the evil.

The media will publish more details about those accused than about the females victimised who nearly disappear as individuals. This, indeed, depicts men as justifiably out-of-control; thus unable to contain their rage and violence when seeking dominance over the females. Arguments that females are provocative of men’s anger portrays women as passive victims, what is untrue.

Media coverage therefore creates a secondary level of silence. Domestic violence is a largely hidden crime in the DR Congo and newspaper accounts of violence are giving it all to the violators rather than to the victims. Such media showing clearly their position are to challenge; they should be fair in their coverage.

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MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on February 16, 2010 at 12:27 am

Melody, What you state here is indeed what I want to achieve though the way is not that easy. The walls of darkness have to be tumled down, we have to break the silence and denounce these repellent acts directed on some individuals. We together with fair media can do this job; but our media seem to blame the victim because we are in the kingdom of the most powerful...

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