Francine Lobho – Founder and President of “Congolese Women for Peace [CWFP]: The vision, motivation and objectives to achieve to improve the conditions of women as a vector and development agent in the DRC

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Your organization promotes women as a vector and development agent to meet the needs of the DRC. Why is it imperative to go through wife? On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the DRC, history has shown us that Congolese women have been marginalized in all areas of development. Since the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on June 30, 1960, the country has experienced a succession of wars and ethnic violence that brought it to the brink of implosion. This tragic situation places Congolese women at the tang of the first victims of poverty and often their potentials are underused. The men having left, they are the ones who assume, often alone, the survival of the family. To access development, it is imperative to make women a vector and a development agent. It is utopian today to talk about development without the involvement of women. All sectors of life have demonstrated that nothing can be built and consolidated just by one male gender, at a time when the female agent contributes more than 60% in the considerable growth of the vital sectors of all the states of the world, including trade, agriculture, entrepreneurship, education and peace. On the one hand, women are more affected by these problems, but on the other, they also have the ideas and leadership necessary to solve them. The Congolese woman is a driving force that will allow the DRC to project itself towards a desired future. Thus, “Congolese Women For Peace” (CWFP) is dedicated to the analysis of the problems of the Democratic Republic of Congo, by proposing possible solutions for peace and development with the involvement of Congolese women as vectors of development and change agents.
What are the priority sectors for a successful contribution of Congolese women to peace and development?
The Congolese woman is not only a victim, but also an actor of peace and development. It is a human resource that Congolese society must know how to preserve and capitalize on in a democratic approach for peace, security and human development. It therefore has multidimensional, multisectoral skills and values ​​which can be summed up in know-how and interpersonal skills, including: – The fight against poverty: In the rural sphere as in the national one, women occupy a central place in economic life, becoming main actors of development. Through their work, they thus fight for food security. – The education of women: strengthen the education and training of women in all fields to increase their power of action and increase their chance for equality in social advancement and their dignity. – Health: protect women against death related to childbirth by means of prevention. Take steps to protect women from HIV AIDS and improve the health of older women. – Economic leadership: to soften the conditions of access to credit for women entrepreneurs and above all to favor structures for granting micro-credits to women at the grassroots level to allow them greater autonomy from men. – Communication leadership: encourage women in the media, through competitive measures, to improve themes and techniques, and to offer a space to participate effectively in the debate on topical issues on their own problems and problems of society. You define yourself as a social entrepreneur. What do you mean? Entrepreneurship refers to carrying out an activity of which you are the initiator, as shown by its etymological meaning. In fact, CWFP is a project initiator implementing an action plan that allows you to start and move forward. CWFP is also the one who takes the most risks by starting an activity whose only guarantor is his creativity.
Beyond all of this, entrepreneurship is defined as the ability to create added value from limited resources; exploit them in order to be able to respond to a request expressed by consumers. Congolese Women for Peace (CWFP) places economic efficiency at the service of the general interest of rural women. Being a social entrepreneur, my goal is to create long-term value for society or the environment. This creates employment for marginalized people, access to essential services for people who would not otherwise be there. access, or the sale of products or services that protect the environment. The basic principle in CWFP is to create businesses across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose economic activity has been designed to create “social value”, to implement innovative solutions to social problems in the areas of sustainable development, the environment, health, job creation where any activity should benefit society. Is emotion a quality or a brake on the contribution of women to the development of their community or their country? It was not that long ago that development was thought to be a strictly rational process in which emotions had little to do with it. We know today that emotions play an important role in development, that they can act as a lever or, on the contrary, become a brake. An emotion can be defined as a reaction of our organism to an external event, comprising cognitive, physiological, and behavioral aspects. So although some emotions are said to be “positive” because they are perceived as pleasant, and others are called “negative” because they are unpleasant, all emotions are useful.
Emotions are an integral and inseparable part of everyday organizational life. It is important to note that our needs are first centered on oneself (physiological needs, security) then they open gradually towards the others (social needs, esteem). We move from material needs (food, money, housing) to intangible needs (love, respect, esteem). Emotions are at the center of change management, which can act as a brake or a lever for the development of a community or a country. Depending on the managerial choices of the woman, they will play an essential role in her individual balance and in her relationships with her community. Failure to take emotions into account increases burnout, conflict, dissatisfaction and lack of motivation. The quality (positive or negative) and intensity (strong or weak) of the emotion that the woman expresses indicates the presence of an event or situation that may have an impact – either positive or negative, strong or weak – on their integrity or well-being. The nature of the emotion (joy, fear, sadness, anger, etc.) provides clues to the action or necessary adjustment that it will have to impose on its community. Often emotions are the very effect of development.

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