Our gender equality programmes and workshops aim to change attitudes from the bottom up, teaching both men and women the value of respect and shared work to create a safer, more equal place for women in the country. As George told us, “Everything I did before the training was about me making firm decisions. I rejected all of Natalie’s proposals as she is a woman.”
In the past, women were frequently left out of the decision-making process in the household, bearing large burdens of physical work with no financial independence. “I had to dig cassava on my own,” says Natalie. However, after the training, George is now committed to taking an active and equal role in the household.
George attended gender equality training as part of our Graduation Programme in the region. DRC is a patriarchal society in which male leadership is traditional and expected. The country can be a difficult place for women to live; during past conflicts, there has been widespread sexual assault, and sexual gender-based violence is common throughout both urban and rural society.