Empowerment & Gender Equality
Blessed Aid has set up a program named "Gender Protect" focusing on economic and social empowerment of women and young girls affected by the conflicts and Covid-19 in Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the key-activities are, for example, :
- Social & economic empowerment with focus in income-generating activities,
- Fight against violence, participation in public life and decision-making,
- Access to schooling and vocational training,
- Access to care and health,
- Capacity building in various thematic such as gender-peace-conflicts, positive masculinity, female leadership, etc...
Situation of the children
Children in Democratic Republic of Congo have been facing a hard situation due to the worst humanitarian crises.
In East, for example, where armed conflict is a daily reality, children are recruited and forced to become child soldiers. The human rights situation is very critical for children and they face a myriad of daily challenges: poverty, sexual violence, disease, and inability to access food and clean water. Their basic rights are regularly violated and they are frequently exposed to violence from armed groups, in some cases kidnapped and coerced by military forces.
Many of them have no longer studied because their parents are not able to send them to school due to lack of means, but some others have lost their parents during the conflicts.
Blessed Aid set up a Program « Gender Protect » to help alleviate the communities on the challenges they have been facing. Women and young girls are, for example, initiated to the culture of solidarity and community savings. These women and young girls are gathered into different groups composed of 30 women and girls each. They save once a week a little money with the idea of helping each other with small revolving credits and then combat poverty in their families.
Women are a keystone in societal development. Indeed, their social, economic, educational, psychological and health empowerment can bring significant change in the communities they live in.
Young boys and girls have potentiality which people would focus on. Since they are the key of any development, young boys and girls should be considered in all our actions.
Blessed Aid throug its program « Gender Protect » has been initiating women and young girls to the culture of solidarity and community savings (Mutual of Solidarity and Village Association for Savings and Credits).These women and young girls are gathered into different groups composed of 30 women and girls each. They save once a week a little money with the idea of helping each other with small revolving credits.
The aim of « Gender Protect » is :
The economic and social empowerment of women and youth both boys and girls affected by the conflicts and the Covid-19 pandemic in East of Democratic Republic of Congo;
Granting of refundable or non-refundable credits to these women and girls in order to empower their Income Generating Activities (IGI);
Building their capacities on various thematic such as savings management (VASC = Village Association for Savings and Credit), female leadership, etc.