Dating a congolese man
From 1939 to 1943, over 30% of adult Congolese women in Stanleyville (now Kisangani) were so registered.
The taxes they paid constituted the second largest source of tax revenue for Stanleyville.
By the 1990s, women had made strides in the professional world, and a growing number of women now work in the professions, government service, the military, and the universities.
But they remain underrepresented in the formal work force, especially in higher-level jobs, and generally earn less than their male counterparts in the same jobs.
Plantations owned by the politico-commercial and new commercial elites have increasingly expanded onto communal lands, displacing existing food crops with cash crops.
And within peasant households, men's control of the allocation of household land for export and food crops has led to greater use of land for export crops and the diminution of women's access to land and food crops.
The inferiority of women has always been embedded in the indigenous social system and reemphasized in the colonial era.
The colonial-era status of African women in urban areas was low.
Female genital mutilation (FGM), while not widespread, exists among some populations in northern parts of the country; the prevalence of FGM is estimated at about 5% of women in the country.Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have not attained a position of full equality with men, with their struggle continuing to this day.Although the Mobutu regime paid lip service to the important role of women in society, and although women enjoy some legal rights (e.g., the right to own property and the right to participate in the economic and political sectors), custom and legal constraints still limit their opportunities.Even when male producers turn to cultivating food crops, the household does not necessarily profit nutritionally.