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Gender-based violence in conflict

Women and girls are exposed to different forms of violence during and after phases of armed conflict in a very specific way:

Apart from the widely observed and documented forms of sexual violence and mutilations by opposed groups in and after fighting there is less attention to forms of family and community acts against women and girls/ children.

Project experiences in the Dem. Rep. Congo show that social and family mechanisms are eroded to regulate domestic violence and rape by members of the same community after a period of armed conflict. It is not even considered as crime by community and religious authorities, who are lost in contradicting patterns to protect women – and in the same time the perpetrators.

Security, medical care and psycho-social support are recognized as high priority issues in humanitarian projects (UNHCR guidelines, SPHERE planning tool, etc), but difficult to transfer into daily community life, where confidence is lost and women’s needs are dominated by long-standing traditions.

Each community, which lost not only the active and young members, but lost as well its fundamental code of conduct, is seeking to re-install security by credible authorities in a transitional and fragile situation.

Women and children are part of the need to re-negotiate the balance of power and decision-making between generations, ethnic and social groups, religious and political interests.

 

Our services

  • Conducting participative community-based gender analysis to support a gender- and conflict sensitive post-war transformation of community life.
  • Training and strengthening partners in identifying needs and strategies for women’s access to education, (transitional) justice), health, economic development and participation in decision-making at community and socio-political level.
  • Offer exchange between relevant actors and authorities to enhance project partners’ participation in good governance at different administrative and socio-political level (Example: Gender-transparency of budget allocation for social sector activities)
  • Identify entry points for young men and women to learn and take action in human, child, women’s’ and civil rights.
  • Support dialog between NGOs, government and private sector for gender-just participation of women, young and elder in voicing their needs and contributing their potentials.
  • Give orientation to partners in the process to find the appropriate organisational management structure and project approach for their sustainable role in post-conflict transformation of social life.