protecting women and children in Congo

Invi and NGO Help a Child will join forces to protect women and children against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Congo (DRC) by combining two innovations.

the power of two interventions

1 in 3 women worldwide experience sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in their lives. Especially in areas with fragile social structures, as a result of conflict or war, people are often exposed to an increased risk of violence. UN Women identified a “lack of protection” as one of the seven causes that can lead to violence against women.

Invi and Help a Child are joining forces to combine the strengths of two interventions in addressing SGBV in humanitarian settings.The Invi self-defense bracelet will be combined with an inclusive community program that focuses on spreading knowledge and awareness on SGBV. By reaching out to girls, but also boys, teachers, parents and community leaders we include all in building a culture where SGBV is rejected and  equality is embraced by the local community.

The program will be introduced in South Kivu in collaboration with the l’Université Évangélique Afrique and is funded by the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) for humanitarian Innovations.

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