Gender and SGBV in the DRC
How ASSP is Working to Improve Gender and SGBV in the DRC
ASSP is improving gender and SGBV in the DRC by integrating women’s needs and access to care in the design of all of its programs. This included lowering cost for women to access health care, designing health facilities to assure they were appropriate for women’s needs, representation in community governance, priorities in access to water, and employment in construction teams.
- More than 3,044 women with fistula benefited from restorative surgery from the start of the project with the general success rate of 94%.
- Most of these women had lived with fistula – ashamed and often isolated from their communities – for more than four years, largely due to barriers to accessing treatment.
- Although supply challenges hindered progress, ASSP provided 2,832 SGBV survivors with post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits to help protect them from contracting HIV.
- The community scorecard program continues to give a voice to communities while also being an instrument for improving gender equity in healthcare delivery, as subgroups of women are established to make sure that they have weight in community health care decisions.
- ASSP continues to outperform in its provision of family planning services, a key activity in the effort towards gender equity by giving women choice and control over their reproductive schedules. To date, the project is accountable for 1.32 million new acceptors of modern methods of family planning.
- IMA partnered with the USAID-funded Engage project to focus on behavior change communication surrounding gender issues in a unique way. The Engage project came to IMA in need of help to fulfill their mission of showing the Girl Rising film in DRC. The film, which seeks to encourage girls’ education, has been shown to an estimated 700,000 people.
- Women have been hired and promoted to supervisory roles. They are actively participating in ongoing construction sites and represent 10%-30% of all construction workers. Although there is much more work to be done, these types of changes can slowly erode gender inequity over time.