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"Girls’ Parliaments" to end child marriage in the DRC

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“Girls’ Parliaments” to end child marriage in the DRC

Congo, Dem. Republic 102 Contributors Launched November 08, 2017 Funding ends:30-10-2018
Project Funded

Testimonial

"I’m a member of a girls’ parliament. Thanks to the program, I am able to help raise awareness about child marriage and listen to and support my friends who are at risk of child marriage. I connect them with the Debout Fille center. Girls participate in our parliament club meetings with their friends and are able to share their experiences."
– Régine Dayo, 6th grade student

THE CHALLENGE

Child marriage is a major impediment to girls’ and women’s human rights - and to overall development - in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 20 years of armed conflict, battling over control of the country’s natural resources, has had devastating consequences for the entire Congolese population, but girls have been the worst affected by the war. In DR Congo today, a staggering 37% of Congolese women were married as children, and 10% married before their 15th birthday.  

 

The tradition of dowries contributes to the prevalence of child marriage in the DRC: girls often serve as payment for debt between one family and another. Such customs deprive girls and women of their rights and undermine efforts to improve the status of girls and women in DR Congo.  

The SOLUTIONS WE'RE PROPOSING

In South Kivu (the region worst affected by the conflict between Ugandan and Rwandan rebels), W4’s field partner, Debout Fille, proposes an innovative approach to end child marriage through the use of digital technologies. The program aims to provide young and teenaged girls with the tools they need to participate in community decision-making and to take charge of their own futures. 

 

Through the creation of “Digital Learning Clubs and Spaces” and “Life Schools” for girls and young women, the program educates girls about sexual and reproductive rights and health. The program helps girls to set up “Girls’ Parliaments”, through which they can engage in political and community advocacy to end child marriage in their communities.  

 

In parallel, the program also offers “Parents’ Schools” to educate parents about the dangers of child marriage. “Parents’ Schools” provide a safe, supportive space for parents to inform themselves and talk with other parents and families. The schools provide parents with the information they need to better protect and support their daughters in matters relating to sexual and reproductive health.   

 

The program also aims to provide community members with access to and training in the use of digital technologies to obtain and disseminate information about children’s rights, to raise awareness about the harms of child marriage, to advocate to end child marriage, and to make them aware of the means of prevention. The objective is to harness digital technologies to facilitate and catalyze awareness-raising about child marriage and to strengthen lobbying to put an end to this harmful practice. 

THE IMPACT OF GIVING

Your giving will provide 120 young women with training to lead “Girls’ Parliaments”, enabling them to become change agents in their communities and to contribute to raising community awareness about children’s rights, child marriage, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. By donating to this program, you’ll also offer parents the opportunity to attend “Parents’ Schools”, equipping parents with the knowledge they need to be effective advocates of girls’ and women’s rights and to be able to take action, alongside other parents and community members, to end child marriage.  

 

Your giving will also provide 240 community leaders with training in the use of digital technologies and digital networks to raise awareness about child marriage and to facilitate community-wide mobilization to prevent and end child marriage.  

 

By giving to this program, you will help 1,200 girls and local community members to drive real, lasting change in their communities.  

 

Together, we can end child marriage! 

 

Contributors

St Aloysius College
Australia

Anonymous
United States

Carla
Australia

Kirsten
United States

Keep up the amazing work, girls!

Natalie
United States

Niniel
Sweden

Ashley
Australia

Ashley
Australia

Loreta
Australia

David
United States

It all starts with trying

Anonymous
Belgium

Adrian
Czech Republic

Sahar
United States

Drew
United States

Sahar
United States

Anonymous
Taiwan

Sahar
United States

Natasha
United Kingdom

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Wim
Netherlands

Sahar
United States

Anonymous
United States

Thomas
United Kingdom

Anonymous
United States

Donations were made by 8th grade students of Gage Middle School Magnet

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Željko
Croatia

Anonymous
United Kingdom

SAYDE
United States

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Fatima
United States

Jill
Canada

Anna
Finland

Liza Shannon
United States

I'm hoping this helps in all of your endeavors :).

Morgan
United States

Melissa
United States

my 15 daughter is making this gift because she values her choices and wants others to be able to have the same choices. Thank you for your efforts

Jason
United States

Ana
United Kingdom

Saskia
United Kingdom

Charlie
United States

You guys are amazing, and keep doing what you are doing!

Ronia
United Kingdom

Melanie
United States

Anonymous
United Kingdom

GOOD LUCK - please use the ££s fairly

Sam
United States

Anonymous
United States

Happy Birthday Lela! From Ayden, Adelyn and Family!

Peter
United States

Emma
United States

Kathleen
United States

Isabella
United States

Happy International Women’s Day!

Cate
United States

Cate
United States

Leonora
United States

Hannah
United States

Elizabeth
United States

Gillian
United States

Atacan
United States

Team of Girls
United States

Jodie
Australia

I would give more, if I had it. I hope this donation helps us move closer to a world where child brides are a thing of the past. Thank you!

Anonymous
Australia

Good luck from the Fremantle Bookclub

Anonymous
Canada

Sundeep
Canada

Ramona
United States

Thank you for all you do!

Boaz
Ireland

Serena
Germany

Anonymous
United Kingdom

Alexander
United States

Anastasia
Israel

Good luck!

Wendy
United States

Pauline
United Kingdom

melissa
United States

Nicole
United States

So proud of you. Keep up the great work and let me know if there is anything I can do to contribute.

grace
United Kingdom

Rachel and Eric
United States

Theodora
United States

Theodora
United States

Ariana
United States

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Sandy
United States

Girl power!

Maria Cristina
France

Melissa
United States

Evan
Canada

Anonymous
United States

Wayne
Australia

Shelley
Canada

Deborah
United States

Be strong

Anonymous
United States

Duncan
United States

JULIE
France

Shane
United States

Hannah
United States

Dianuh
Canada

JP
United States

Anonymous
United States

Thank you.

Anonymous
United States

Nancy
United States

Sandra
Canada

because of Brittany

Courtney
Canada

This donation is from Captured by Courtney Photography, money received through a fundraising photoshoot event!

Gaby
France

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