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Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Not that will affect expats on a day to day basis. - Dec 21, 2017
Gender equality has a long way to go, but open harassment is not really an issue. Congolese are extremely proud of their national identities -- they are Congolese first, and other identities come in a far second. People from the Kasais are sometimes criticized for taking over parts of the country, monopolizing businesses, etc. but there is little outright hostility. Political rivalries could be more problematic, though generally among the Congolese elite. Most Congolese just want to make a living and enjoy their family and friends peacefully. - Sep 26, 2016
I have not experienced any, though I believe that Congolese women are definitely expected to be the primary homemakers. I once mentioned to a Congolese man that my husband had taken 12 weeks off to stay home with our daughter when she was born (I was working full time as an attorney before we joined the FS) and he laughed out loud then said "impossible, no man here would, or could, do such a thing." DRC is majority Catholic (though you will see some sign of many different religions) and if you are Caucasian you will be one of a very small minority, but I have not seen any overt (or even subtle) prejudice. - Apr 26, 2016
Women are targeted more for theft and harrassment. - Jan 6, 2014
Light-skinned people are often viewed as ATMs here. A long history of exploitation by Belgians and others has created a very strong mistrust between the local population and expats. This can be overcome, but it takes a lot of work. There are also some intra-Congo prejudices, particularly relating to Tutsis, who are sometimes called Rwandans. There is a strong antipathy toward Rwanda. - Nov 24, 2012
Not really. - Feb 13, 2012
No. - Nov 13, 2011
Don't think so - Aug 4, 2011
This is a country just coming out of colonial rule. The Europeans still think this is the Belgian Congo. Even amongst the Congolese there are some tribal and ethnic problems. - Jan 19, 2011
It strikes me that the prejudice tends to be americans towards congolese, rather than the other way around. - Oct 16, 2010
There don't seem to be, although when the franc congolais drops, westerners seem to be blamed, and are sometimes hassled. - Jan 21, 2009