Despite poverty, conflict and abuse, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are ambitious and looking to improve their livelihoods. We will support them through literacy and skills training to grow businesses, while building confidence to speak out and take on leadership roles in the community.
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As a girl, I attended primary school, but when my mother and father died, so did my education. Thanks to Mothers’ Union, I can now read and write. I also teach other women how to read and write and how make dresses they can sell.
To grow up as a girl or to be a Mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo is hard to imagine unless you have seen it. You have to be strong and take courage and many women do. However, for our sisters who cannot read and write, it so much harder to be strong.
Although women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are vital to producing food in the country, they have had less opportunities to go to school and lower literacy levels than men. This makes it harder for them to secure their property rights, grow their businesses, take part in community decision making and have the confidence and voice to advocate for their rights. This leads to lack of empowerment and equality with men making them increasingly vulnerable to gender-based violence.
Using our DRC community networks, we will use a self-help approach to improve literacy skills for economic and social empowerment. We will target women but also work with men to ensure their participation to bring about sustainable change. We will deliver a comprehensive community-led literacy training programme which includes savings, business and agricultural skills and will run alongside integrated gender training. After which the savings and credit groups/farmer cooperatives are created.
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