Posted by in on October 29, 2011

“Before the War, I was a Man”: Men and Masculinities in Eastern DR Congo

This study analyses the relationship between sexual and gender based violence and hegemonic masculinities in the conflict zone of North Kivu province in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The study’s main focus lies on the discrepancies between dominant ideals of masculinity and the actual realities of men’s lives. As men try to enact masculine ideals of breadwinner and family head, the current political and economic context puts them under increasing pressure.