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Emma-Smith-Cain-Session-1A-CCIH-2017

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Emma Smith Cain, MA discusses Samaritan's Purse's effort to address violence against women and the massive number of rapes that occur every day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Emma-Smith-Cain-Session-1A-CCIH-2017

  1. 1. Addressing Gender-Based Violence through Church- Based Interventions and Protection Committees in eastern DR Congo A Lasting Change: Presented by: Emma Smith Cain, former Protection Program Manager in DRC
  2. 2. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® Some facts about being a woman in DR Congo: 1. An estimated 1,150 women are raped every day, an equivalent to 48 women raped every hour or four women raped every five minutes. 2. Women have a 1 in 23 lifetime risk of dying during childbirth. 3. DRC ranks second to last on the Mothers’ Index as the worst place to be a mother. 4. 2.5 million girls have never been to school (compared to 1.8 million boys) 5. 72.4% of men and women report that a woman must accept violence for the sake of her family. DRC: the worst place to be a woman?
  3. 3. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® “We women are born inferior to men. The Bible says so – and our culture confirms it.” “Man was made in the image of God; woman in the image of man.” • While women make up the majority of faithful church attendees, they are rarely allowed to serve in leadership roles or to speak publicly. • Rape survivors often receive a lifetime ban from partaking in holy communion. • Pastors regularly preach that women’s bodies belong to their husbands and that they are to obey them at all costs. • Unmarried pregnant teenagers are prohibited from attending church services. The Church & GBV
  4. 4. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® 1. Conferences and follow-up support for Pastors and Church Leaders 2. Formation and Training of Protection Committees (“MWANGA Groups”) 3. Male Engagement through the “Watetezi” model 4. Sensitization of Children and Youth Programmatic Response: “Project Ope Afinu” G E N D E R & H U M A N I T A R I A N P R O G R A M M I N G
  5. 5. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® • Still Side by Side, published by CBE International, available in many languages including French and Kiswahili • Hand in Hand: Bible Studies to Transform Our Response to Sexual Violence, developed and published by Tearfund • Healing the Wounds of Trauma, developed and published by the American Bible Society • By His Wounds: Trauma Healing for Africa, developed and published by Mending the Soul Ministries • Reverend Domnic Misolo, Founder of the Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education in Bondo, Kenya Key Resources
  6. 6. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® Due to the interventions planned by Project Ope Afinu in 2016: • The % of men in the local communities who agreed that women have the right to refuse sex from their husbands rose from 28.5% to 50.19%. • The % of women in the community who said they would feel comfortable approaching the church for help if faced with an instance of GBV rose from 81.02% to 90.65%. • The 90 church leaders who were selected and trained in turn reached 7,687 individuals (M: 2926, F: 4761). Year 1 Key Results
  7. 7. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® • The 30 Watetezi reached 1,098 men and boys with messages about gender equality. • The 86 individuals (M: 43; F: 43) elected by a community vote to serve on the MWANGA Groups assisted 46 women as they sought medical, legal, and spiritual support following a protection incident. • 3,241 children and youth (M: 1497, F: 1744) benefitted from sensitization on biblical gender equality. Year 1 Key Results Continued
  8. 8. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® • Insecurity – for both the implementing team and the beneficiaries/participants in the programming • Deeply-engrained beliefs – behavior and heart change cannot happen over night • Design issues – many resources were invested in behavior change communication for men but not for women, leading to some spousal and community disputes • High volume of protection incidents with limited resources available for survivor support • Initial resistance from the Protection Cluster and other protection actors Key Challenges & Obstacles to Effective Implementation
  9. 9. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® • Restructuring of the MWANGA Groups • Expansion of the Watetezi program • Dedicated neutral spaces and increased resources for survivor care • More resources directed towards child and youth engagement, specifically on issues relating to gender equality, early sexual debut, HIV/AIDS, and pornography. Year 2: Responding to the Challenges
  10. 10. • S A M A R I T A N ’ S P U R S E ® Since violence against women is a universal issue, biblical gender equality training for pastors and church leaders and the formation of church-based protection committees is relevant in nearly all programmatic contexts, including: • Combatting human trafficking • Advocating for girls education • Holistic care for single mothers • Care for child soldiers/children formerly associated with armed groups Future Applications
  11. 11. Questions/Discussion Presented by: Emma Smith Cain: former Protection Program Manager in DRC

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