Governor General Michaelle Jean arrives with President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila

(Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

United Nations Gov. Gen. Jean Hails Congo’s Pledge to Tackle Systemic Rape

CTV News
April 19, 2010

 

Photo: Governor General Michaelle Jean arrives with President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila to deliver an address on women’s rights to a crowd of more than a thousand at the DRC parliament in Kinshasa on Monday April 19, 2010. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

United Nations Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean drew a raucous reaction Monday when she devoted an entire speech to women’s rights while addressing lawmakers in a nation dubbed the world capital of rape.

Her reminder that the United Nations dubs the practices in Congo a “crime against humanity” drew standing ovations from women — amid impassive stares from a sea of men — in the 1,000-member audience in the Great Hall of the People.

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