Strategic Peacebuilding Programme

28 December 2020

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This is the second briefing in a series released by the Oxford Research Group’s (ORG) Strategic Peacebuilding Programme. These briefings examine lessons that can be drawn from the response to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how they can be applied in the response to COVID-19 in Yemen.

This briefing will explore the challenges facing women and girls in each of these contexts. It will first examine the response of the international community in the DRC, and identify key challenges to Congolese women in three different contexts:

  1.  their direct suffering from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD);
  2. the increased gender-based violence (GBV) during the outbreak;
  3. the neglect of other women’s health concerns during the epidemic.


Image credit: World Bank / Vincent Tremeau.


About the authors

This briefing has been written by staff at Oxford Research Group (ORG), with contributions from local experts, as part of the ‘Reshaping The Process in Yemen: Exploring alternative methodologies for the peace process in Yemen’ project. Implemented by ORG and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (Sana’a Center), the project seeks to strengthen local capacity for more inclusive and strategic dialogue in four key Yemeni Governorates - Hadhramaut, Marib, Shabwah and Al-Mahrah - and lay the foundations for more effective peacebuilding efforts towards the country’s future political transition.