Empowering girls and their communities through art
In Collaboration with M’Shujarts! A Girls Arts Collective
Beginning March 2020
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
55 girls and young women
Empowering Girls Through Art to Achieve Gender Equality
This program is located in the neighborhood of Mabanga South, in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congo has been affected by war for decades, normalizing and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in everyday life. In this place, as in every other place in the world, adolescent girls are those most marginalized in society, denied some of their basic human rights. 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 survive, thrive, and make progress with their communities to achieve gender equality.
Investing in partnerships for sustainable impact
We are partnering in this program design with the Population Council, a leader in the field of developing, strengthening and measuring programs for adolescent girls.
This program is being designed and implemented in collaboration with M’shujarts: A Girls Arts Collective (GAC). GAC was born out of our previous two projects with girls in Goma, with the intention of continuing to provide space for the young women to support each other and be involved with art activities.
About the name: M’shujarts! The ‘M” stands for ‘mwanamke’ (women), ‘mwanume’ (men), and also ‘movement’ – indicating that this is a movement for women, but that men are also included and encouraged to engage. ‘Shuj’arts’ is a combination of ‘shujaa’ meaning ‘leader’ (as the girls now often call themselves and/or their group) and the ‘arts’.
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