Your monthly gift of $35 supports a woman with skills to support her family and create sustainable change.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Women care for 4 children on average
Average daily income is $0.76 at enrollment
54% have no formal education
Women and girls suffer disproportionately from high rates of violence and extreme poverty during times of conflict. No where is this more true than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has grappled with wars, civil strife, and multiple rebellions since 1996. While peace has been re-established in most of the country, women and girls, particularly in Congo's eastern provinces, still suffer from gender-based violence. The use of rape and sexual assault to terrorize them, their families, and their communities continues. Exacerbated by the culture of impunity, violence against women and girls is pervasive and extends beyond armed groups to all of society.
Despite the violence and hardship, women like Claudine have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as programs to engage men.
Since 2004, Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo has served nearly 84,000 women through our yearlong program in eastern Congo's North and South Kivu provinces.
After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in four key areas:
Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $2.14 per day at graduation, compared to $0.76 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: More than 77 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to 1 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: More than 94 percent of participants report their perspectives are taken into account in making family decisions at graduation, compared to 41 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 74 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to less than 1 percent at enrollment.
Engaging Men Changes Attitudes
Women’s empowerment requires widespread social change that involves both men and women. Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo team has successfully developed programming to engage men as allies in women’s empowerment by improving their knowledge about health, social, and economic issues that can negatively affect women. Over 7,200 male leaders have participated to date.
Workforce Training Partnerships
Since 2008, Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported marginalized women in sub-Saharan Africa to gain new job skills, basic business training, life skills, and a support network. Bloomberg Philanthropies is currently supporting innovative workforce training for women in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.