Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An assessment in late 2012 by Action Aid, the American NGO, found that the recent conflict between M23 and FARDC led to an increase in human rights violations, and in particular sexual and gender based violence targeting women and girls.
Radio Okapi in DRC has been an important source of information on human rights, and specifically on gender based violence, for the population of DRC. Recent polls place Radio Okapi, which is a partnership between Fondation Hirondelle and the UN peace building mission, in the forefront of the media in Congo in terms of audience figures across the whole country, estimated at 14 million listeners daily, and more than 20 million “regular” listeners (at least once a week), by the IMMAR polling institute. This concept would link the Okapi network of reporters, partner radios and huge listenership with technology that would equip women to report and document cases of rape. A short code and free call back with voice prompt in local language would ensure confidentiality, and accessibility. Reports could be uploaded from hubs in regional capitals to a cloud that would serve <o:p></o:p>partner radio stations. They would be archived on the Radio Okapi website or a dedicated website.