Genderforce has since the first week of January initiated a pre-study phase in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The team consisting of both Gender Field Advisors as well as Security/Protection Specialists, is now deployed and operational in Goma in North Kivu province. The project team is working in close cooperation with our local partner Congo Men’s Network (COMEN) and one of the current tasks for the team is to explore and potentially (or hopefully) establish partnership with additional local and international organisations and stakeholders.
The overall objective is to perform fact-finding and preparation for a longer program that will have the following specific goals:
- To provide enhanced security for identified groups of individuals (recipients) during the course of the project (i.e. facilitate for key individuals and/or groups to continue to deliver their work within the domains of Human Rights/Women’s Rights/SGBV etc).
- To provide and facilitate enhanced local mechanisms, processes and organisational, as well as individual capabilities, that continues to provide increased security and safety for the selected recipients even after completion of the project (i.e. getting the local forces to start doing the work themselves instead of occasionally being part of the problem).
- Instill a positive attitude to continue anti-SGBV work among local security forces (including private security) as well as within international forces through good leadership, actions and deliverance of results,training and mentorship, and “role modelling”.
- Demonstrate to the rest of the world that SGBV can be prevented and fought efficiently “on the ground” using professionals with the right skill set.
- Develop and share intellectual capital, the know-how and fine-tune our operational methods in order to develop and disseminate best practices and methods.
- Through the pilot projects, demonstrate to potential donors/supporters that Genderforce is a serious actor with an effective and innovative approach to the global challenge of SGBV.
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