Suffering from amed conflict since 1994, the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have born the brunt of the war. The DRC has seen some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world committed by armed men. The national judicial system is rebuilding and it is rare that perpetrators of rape are brought to justice. Women who are raped often face stigmitazation by their communities and families. Synergy works with women, communities and local authorities to assist survivors.
This project has three aspects: 1) Provide micro-grants to sexual violence survivors. 2) Provide legal counsel to survivors. 3) Community education seminars on civic rights and duties
The project will provide micro-grants for sexual violence survivors, enabling them to be financially secure and pursue justice on their behalf. Communities will know their rights and advocate for the rights of survivors.