This project works with school age girls in Democratic Republic of Congo to protect them from sexual violence and to teach them how to speak out for their rights as equal members of their community.
International Medical Corps provides treatment and health services to survivours of rape, but also works in schools and the whole community to change attitudes about girls, women and sexual violence.
Known as the rape capital of the world, sexual violence has become a constant threat for girls in Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds of young girls - many under 18 years old, have reported being victims of sexual violence.
Girls and boys between the ages of 10 - 16 take part in mobile film screenings, quizzes at their schools and football matches for girls. The mobile cinema screenings show educational films that address rape and sexual violence. These screenings are followed by discussions led by trained facilitators, to help the young people consider the causes and consequences of violence.
Girl-only football tournaments challenge attitudes about what role girls should play in their communities
This programme provides girls in DRC with information about how to protect themselves from violence and where they can get help if they or their friends are attacked.
In the longer term it will change attitudes within the community, so that the next generation of men and women in DRC will no longer face such devestating rates of rape and sexual violence.