Tunaweza Portraits

January – April 2019

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

26 Adolescent Girl participants

Addressed a root cause of sexual violence

We recently finished working with adolescent girls from the Courage in Congo project (more details about this project can be found here) giving them the chance to represent themselves as the powerful and capable individuals that they are. Through public art they challenged gender stereotypes and addressed a root cause of sexual violence in their community. Tunaweza means “we are able” in Swahili.

This project recognized that adolescent girls have untapped potential, talent, and most importantly, a vital voice to add to their community. We base our work on the belief that the arts are a powerful medium, hugely beneficial in situations of distress and trauma, and are a powerful platform for the girls to make a change in their community.

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