Project information

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in DRC

TME will work with local partners to sensitise communities in eastern DRC on the dangers of violence against women and girls (VAWG). We will show men, women and children our new lesson 'Protecting Women and Girls' and provide wider health education to encourage a safer and healthier lifestyle.

January 2019 - January 2021

Charity information: Thare Machi Education

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  • Need

    Need

    Decades of civil war in DRC has deeply affected every day life, and violence against women and girls has become ingrained in local culture. In eastern Congo, women are vulnerable to rape and sexual assault both as a weapon of war and from partners and family members. 65% of Congolese women experience domestic violence. Our project aims to educate local communities on the dangers and harm of violence against women and girls (VAWG) so that women become more equal and secure in their villages.

    Solution

    We will screen a new lesson, 'Protecting Women and Girls' to communities in a language they can understand. This lesson will teach all members of the community about women's rights, the importance of girls' education, the dangers of child marriage, how to control aggression, and dispel harmful myths that encourage violence. This DVD, alongside the provision of materials such as condoms and baby blankets, aims to reduce gender based violence in the region, and encourage positive behaviour change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase knowledge of the dangers of VAWG amongst beneficiaries (e.g. child/forced marriage, rape)


    Activities

    » Show 'Protecting Women and Girls' DVD to disadvantaged communities to provide them with behaviour-changing information.
    » Show the DVD in a group-setting to generate discussion and encourage behaviour change at all levels.
    » DVDs are interactive and viewers must answer questions correctly, to ensure that beneficiaries understand the lesson content.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increased % in beneficiary knowledge on the dangers of violence against women and girls, as shown through higher scores on questionnaires.


    Aim 2

    Reduce rates of child marriage, domestic abuse, forced marriage, rape, and sexual assault.


    Activities

    » Show the DVD to women to teach them about empowerment, the dangers of child marriage, and how to protect themselves in the future.
    » Show the DVD to men to teach them the dangers of child/forced marriage and sexual abuse, how to control aggressive feelings, and to dispel myths.
    » Show DVD to schoolchildren to help them spot warning signs and protect themselves against VAWG and help prevent it in their communities.
    » Showing the DVD to all members of the community will increase likelihood of community behaviour change.

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown in lower occurrences of VAWG in the communities, as reflected in self-reporting and in local statistics among 83,350 beneficiaries.


    Aim 3

    Women feeling empowered by gaining access to sexual and reproductive health knowledge.


    Activities

    » Show further health DVDs such as breastfeeding, maternal health, safer sex, and basic hygiene, to help women look after themselves and their families.
    » Provide women with condoms, clean water and soap to help them improve their health outcomes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be more women reporting feeling more empowered and protected from VAWG in discussion groups, interviews, and in questionnaires.


    Aim 4

    Reduced rates of preventable diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and cholera.


    Activities

    » Showing our Basic Hygiene DVD to encourage safer health practices and increase awareness of how to prevent disease.
    » Distribution of vital materials such as condoms, clean water and soap to improve health outcomes and reduce the spread of preventable diseases.
    » Analysing which are the key materials to distribute to ensure beneficiary needs are met, as this may be the only access they have to such materials.
    » DVDs will include information on how and why to use these materials, to ensure they are used effectively.

    What success will look like

    Long-term success will be reduced rates of preventable diseases in the target communities.


  • Impact

    Impact


    The project will see an increase in knowledge on the issues around VAWG, including child marriage, women's rights, and girls' education. We will measure this through questionnaires and interviews with male and female beneficiaries before, immediately after, and 6 months after viewing the 'Protecting Women and Girls' lesson. The questionnaire will measure communities becoming less tolerant of VAWG, with fewer instances of sexualised violence, and increased opportunities and equality for women.

    Risk

    There is a risk that our local partners in DRC could mismanage funds, reducing the effectiveness of our project. We have strong links with our partner, COFAPRI, and over the past 2 years they have proved their ability to manage budgets. There is a risk that our DVDs are not effective at relaying knowledge about VAWG to local communities. We mitigated this by trialling our DVDs in South Kivu and creating the VAWG lesson with beneficiaries to ensure that it is a successful method of intervention.

    Reporting

    During this project, we will send donors our monthly newsletter detailing progress of the project, and donors will receive a more detailed report at the end of our work in DRC. Donors who follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will also see regular posts highlighting our work in DRC.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £230 DVD Production Producing, printing, packaging and sending DVDs for each of the 8 centres (83,350 beneficiaries)
      £100 Translation Translating the new lesson 'Protecting Women and Girls' into Kiswahili
      £4,030 Additional Materials Providing condoms to adult beneficiaries
      £2,690 Additional Materials Providing safe, clean water to beneficiaries
      £2,630 Additional Materials Providing soap to beneficiaries
      £4,510 Additional Materials Providing baby blankets to mothers and expectant mothers
      £2,810 Additional Materials Transport costs to distribute DVDs and materials to 48,000 beneficiaries and collect data

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    DFID £68,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    Decades of civil war it still reaping its effects in the DRC. 71% of the population live below the poverty line and two thirds of people are malnourished. By 2030, Congolese people will make up 15% of the world’s poorest people. The region that we work in is especially vulnerable due to its remoteness; local government and NGOs do not operate in South Kivu, leaving thousands of villagers without access to life-saving information and resources.

    Beneficiaries

    This project will reach 83,350 people. The main beneficiaries will be women and girls in the South Kivu community, many of whom are victims or potential victims of sexualised violence. To generate long-lasting behaviour change, we will also focus on sensitising men to the reality of violence against women and girls. In this way, we are aiming for a community-wide change in attitudes and behaviour that will benefit all local people, and lead to improved health and community outcomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TME has been collaborating with our local partner COFAPRI for 2 years to bring health education to vulnerable Congolese communities. South Kivu suffers from ongoing violence and is inaccessible both to other charities and to the Congolese government. COFAPRI is a grassroots organisation able to move and adapt quickly. TME's effective method of intervention is proven to initiate positive behaviour change, meaning that a TME/COFAPRI project is incredibly well-placed to carry out this project.

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    People

    Rachel Butt

    TME's Director has a wealth of experience in international development and helped us to succeed in last year's Christmas Challenge.

    Mugisho Theophile

    Director of COFAPRI, Mugisho is a PhD candidate who established COFAPRI to work with the most vulnerable women and girls in eastern Congo.

    Amy Stoneham

    TME's Deputy Director has co-created the DRC project and will be working from UK Head Office to ensure it is effectively rolled-out.

£230

Will pay for the printing, packaging and postage of 8 sets of life-changing DVDs

"Talking to my daughter about sex, it is a curse because it is not Rwandan tradition. But after seeing the DVD 'becoming a woman', I change my mind, I start immediately when I arrive home."

Hakizimana Frederic, Rwanda