Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Violence against women and girls, in all of its forms (i.e. sexual, physical, emotional and economic abuse), is a global epidemic that destroys not only individual lives, but impedes the well being and growth of communities. As part of its integrated approach to fighting poverty and disease through empowerment, Episcopal Relief & Development prioritizes supporting grassroots efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). By using its social, spiritual, human and physical capital, the Church has the power and obligation to act as agents of change and champions of peace and equality. As such, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting an SGBV prevention & response project of the Diocese of Aru in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In its second year, this project increases church and community participation in SGBV prevention and response in 5 health zones. It focuses on equipping faith leaders, health center staff, youth and other community leaders with knowledge and tools they need to educate others about SGBV and gender inequality and to support survivors of violence with psychological and medical care. as well as social and economic empowerment opportunities. This project is being closely monitored and evaluated as the goal is to have this model of community mobilization and comprehensive survivor support be replicated in other dioceses in the coming years.

Activities

Equip 5 health centers with PEP kits and other equipment needed to care for SGBV survivors, Organize a refresher workshop for health center staff on SGBV, Diocesan medical service staff monitor and evaluate health center care of SGBv survivors, Identify and train existing and new volunteers in psycho-social support of survivors of SGBV in four intensive 4 day workshops, Identify and organize 250 survivors of SGBV and other vulnerable women into solidarity and empowerment groups using ENP (Ensemble Nous Pouvons) methodology, Organize 5 ENP meetings for each survivor solidarity and empowerment group, Provide technical and financial input to support survivor ENP groups' business plans and activities, Identify and train 100 new community mobilizers on SGBV awareness techniques, Conduct 4 refresher workshops for 50 current community mobilizers, Organize 100 village SGBV focus groups for discussion and learning, Organize 15 meetings with youth clubs to discuss and take action on SGBV and gender equality, Organize SGBV focus groups for discussion, learning and action in 50 schools, Broadcast 150 radio spots on SGBV prevention and response, Organize 3 roundtables with other organizations and individuals involved in SGBV work

Cross-cutting issues

Gender

Locations

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo>Orientale

Sectors

  • Health
  • Protection
  • Gender

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