From the 21st of September to the 1st of October, 2008, the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) in conjunction with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Global Fund for Women and women's right's activists from Guinea, Swaziland and Zimbabwe undertook a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The aims of the mission were to:
- Show solidarity with Congolese women's rights organisations, gender activists and feminists whilst encouraging them to build strong women's movements
- Obtain a 'first hand' perspective of women's rights challenges in the DRC and to structure programmes to effectively support women's rights work in the country
- Gain a clearer understanding of women's rights challenges particularly in the mining and resource extraction centre.