Support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

Categories: Community development

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against girls and women severely restrains their development. It also debilitates the country, where structural and cyclical poverty has persisted for several decades.

The objective is to build survivor resilience through job skills development and economic and social empowerment. The centre employs inclusive and holistic methods, helping beneficiaries play an active role in community development and decisions that concern them.

A multifaceted approach fosters the development and reinforcement local women’s and youths’ professional, economic and social skills, guiding them in the creation and management of income-generating activities (IGAs). Particular emphasis is placed on the creation of individual and collective ecological agropastoral microenterprises. The centre can also set up Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) with management committees.

Furthermore, awareness workshops on girls’ and women’s rights, stigmas, and respectful behaviours will be offered to young men, in order to effect lasting change and promote gender equality.

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