Empowering girls and their communities through art

In Collaboration with M’Shujarts! A Girls Arts Collective


To protect of the safety of our collaborating team in Goma and our Colors of Connection staff, certain activities are on hold until it will be safe to resume. All trips to Goma have been postponed which means that the collaborative program design activities scheduled for March and April are currently on hold.

Despite the challenges of organizing during COVID-19 and the need to put certain activities on hold, we are planning for, and looking beyond to better days ahead when it will be safe to resume programming activities, and are doing all we can to prepare.  We know that marginalized girls, who are already vulnerable, will be especially impacted by the crisis, and are committed to continuing to do everything we can to support them. 

Beginning June 2020

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

55 girls and young women

Empowering Girls Through Art to Achieve Gender Equality and Freedom from Violence

This program is located in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congo has been affected by war for decades, deepening existing gender inequalities and normalizing and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in everyday life. As a result, girls are some of the most excluded from societal benefits and protections and an overwhelming majority of girls have experienced SGBV.

Investing in them is a key to unlocking their potential and supporting the broader development of their communities.

We are  providing support and training for staff members on the ground in Goma so that they can create a safe, expressive and empowered space for adolescent girls to develop core life and art skill sets, and amplify their voices through public murals and posters.   

In this program girls will have the opportunity to make progress with their communities to achieve gender equality and freedom from violence. 

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