Young Women Leaders: Engaging and Changing Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Goma, August 10, 2015 – GNWP is excited to announce its upcoming activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). GNWP and its member, Synergie des Femmes Pour Le Victimes des Violences Sexuelles (SFVS), will replicate the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program in Goma, DRC beginning with leadership and peacebuilding workshops with girls and young women on August 12 and 13, 2015. Under this program, girls and young women are trained to become leaders and use literacy and theater training to start community-level discussions on women’s participation in peacebuilding, ending sexual and gender-based violence, combatting child, early and forced marriage among other key issues. The Girl Ambassadors for Peace program is also implemented in South Kivu, DRC and Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan.
The program in North Kivu also promotes community-based conflict prevention and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence strategies. Another positive outcome of the program is an increase in literacy among young women and girls in North Kivu . The Girl Ambassador for Peace program in DRC is supported by Cordaid.
While in Eastern DRC, GNWP and its partner SFVS will conduct a Community Social Dialogue, which is a participatory initiative that directly engages former and active members of armed groups in community‐led discussions on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. This initiative addresses the entire spectrum of women, and peace and security (WPS) issues, including sexual violence in conflict, impunity, and women’s participation in peace processes and decision-making.
GNWP is also proud to announce, the launch of the Guidelines for the Integration of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 into Development Plans in the DRC, in partnership with Cadre Permanent de Concertation de la Femme Congolaise (CAFCO) and the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children and the Ministry of Decentralization (le Ministère du Genre, de la Famille et de l’Enfant et le Ministère de la Décentralisation). The launch will take place on August 18, 2015 in Kinshasa, DRC. The production of the Localization Guidelines in DRC is supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.