Women’s Action for Social Development

Women's Rights in DRC are neglected. Most women are not educated, and life becomes harder each day.

Women's Rights in DRC are neglected. Most women are not educated, and life becomes harder each day.

W.A.S.D.: Women’s Action for Social Development

Click here to read the 2011 WASD Update

Women’s Action for Social Development (WASD) is a branch of RIDPA, created for women and run by women.

Millions of women throughout the world live in conditions of abject deprivation of, and attacks against, their fundamental human rights. Abuse against women is relentless, systematic, and widely tolerated – if not explicitly condoned.

  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), tens of thousands of women have been raped, murdered, tortured, and buried alive during the war.
  • Today, sexual violence against women is still widespread
  • Violence and discrimination against women are global social epidemics
  • In Rwanda, the DRC, and many other parts of Africa, genocide, rape, and HIV infections are condemning women to certain death.
  • The majority of women living with HIV/AIDS are destitute.
  • Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10% of the world’s income, and own 1% of the means of production.

WASD strives to advance the progress of the international women’s rights movement by identifying, raising awareness about, and challenging impunity for women’s rights violations. Through education, WASD works to empower women to take back their lives, their families, and their dignity.

WASD Mission

Women’s Action for Social Development (WASD) is working to defend women’s rights in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and throughout Africa. Women in many areas in Africa are facing inadequate living conditions, and have been victims of abuse, rape, and torture since the war.

Among the many things WASD works toward are:

  • Defending and protecting women’s rights
  • Assisting and rehabilitating women’s grassroots development program levels
  • Empowering women to participate in all aspects of social, political, economic, and cultural life
  • Working to improve socio-economic living conditions of women in desperate conditions.

You can help by donating time and money to the Women’s Action for Social Development. Please  e-mail RIDPA for more information.


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