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A presentation of CAPDF
Groupe réuni pour le 17 octobre 2012

The CAPDF is a feminist organization. As such, it has adopted a strategy of "women’s politics" in rural areas to meet the needs of women for their own autonomous space where they can share their personal and collective knowledge and learn from one another.

This will both strengthen and mutually enrich their social and political practices, but also their personal lives as women. These high expectations have not readily produced the expected results. These rural women, because of cultural barriers, have difficulty imagining gender equality.  In sum, the deconstruction of “male-centred” ideas and concepts has for years undervalued, belittled and ignored women both as actors in the society and as subjects of the law. 

In terms of our daily experiences, and in spite of the burdens of women, they marginalize themselves. Although in the beginning they had clearly participated in various meetings, soon afterwards they demonstrated ways of thinking which we had not taken into account at all. This is what led us to propose to them ways of sensitising them by way of a "gender pedagogy" and a "feminist pedagogy" to become more grounded in their own experiences of life and of the male domination they suffered as women. The CAPDF is now encouraged by its members at times of various festivities (March 08, October 16) and the occasions when they show one another humanitarian assistance (e.g., death, accidents ...). The women organize themselves to contribute, often in kind or cash, in response to the demonstrated need. These spirited acts of solidarity serve as milestones in the progress of our own organization. Thus, our association through a suitable educational approach tries to make the most of these opportunities so that rural women might free themselves of domination and fatalism.

The struggle in our country will be long.  For the woman to move from a subjective self-concept to more personal and collective consciousness will require that she analyse her own experience of participation and group self-organization. She will also need to be encouraged to envision scenarios of change. There lies the difficulty!  Such initiatives will mobilize and bring together the largest number of active players. Our hope is that with everyone joining together, we will succeed.

Astride B. B., DR Congo