Boys in the adolescents' club
In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), International Medical Corps continues to run youth clubs that are designed to encourage the next generation of women leaders in their community.
Sessions at the clubs explore gender issues, healthy relationships and the role of women in the communities. Young women at the clubs can participate in life skills courses on topics such as decision making, confidence building and setting goals. Local women from the community also act as mentors for the young women.
The clubs are also open to young men, to promote equality and dialogue with their female peers. International Medical Corps’ youth groups aim to make young men supportive of female leaders within their communities.
International Medical Corps' focus on both boys and girls promotes an organic, holistic approach the changing attitudes and behaviors. This approach is the most effective way to make DRC safer and more supportive for women and girls.
Boys of Bukavu
Boys and girls of Kalonge, playing football