IBC implements a gender transformative approach to its work on gender justice and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Data collection from our external evaluation of 2020 shows that among our beneficiaries' risk behaviours, gender-based violence is the most common, followed by other sexual risk behaviours, alcohol and drug use. Furthermore, substance use and increased levels of violence, mainly SGBV are deeply linked, which has been confirmed by various studies. Alcohol consumption increases violence in the public and private space. There exists a “growing recognition of the role of alcohol in violence against women, particularly in the family. The relation between all forms of aggression and alcohol use is enormous and unequivocal ».
In order to transform gender relations and break gender stereotypes IBC runs life skills sessions on the topic of gender. In 2021 a total of 8040 youths benefitted from the sessions accros our three project countries Chad, Togo and Congo. One challenge that our local partners are facing, is that young girls face more restrictions and limitations to take part in the activities of IBC. It is difficult to involve girls in the activities on a regular basis, due to other commitments in the households and some of the parents don’t want them to participate:
“At first, I was hesitant to allow my teenage daughter to leave the house to go to the Generation 5S club from time to time. Today, I have been reassured that she has made the right choice of her extracurricular activities; after all I have seen, I am now reassured and convinced that her exemplary behaviors are partly due to the lessons she received at the Generation 5S project!" Parent of a peer educator in Congo.
More prevention activities with parents are needed to reinforce their knowledge and skills but also to reinforce their trust in the partner, for them to allow girls to take part in the activities, without any restriction. In order to reach sustainable change it is inevitable to involve parents. Once children and youths show positive behaviour change related to alcohol and other drugs and violence, it is difficult for them to fully adapt their behaviour if at home they are still stuck with "old" patterns such as being victims of violence, discrimination and neglect. IBC has therefore focused more on involving parents and has organized sessions about positive discipline (non-violent education), education based on dialogue, mutual trust and open communication.
In order to reach more parents and involve them in sustainable change, we need your help. Our Life Skills Sessions in Congo, Chad and Togo can only take place because of generous donors. Thank you so much for everything you give!
p.12 Global status report on alcohol and health, 2018, World Health Organization
Community activity in Tanzania
Community activity in Congo