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Following years of conflict and poverty, the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) experiences some of the most extreme sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the world. Although SGBV can affect anyone, women and girls are most vulnerable and suffer the most from an epidemic of severe rape and abuse.
IMA and local partners have been there to support and help those affected. And now we will be able to do even more. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded an add-on grant to complement the ongoing USHINDI program. The $1,125,000 grant will go toward a new set of activities to focus on strengthening women’s ability to lead by building their capacity for participation in the democratic process and conflict resolution, and championing family planning and reproductive health.
USHINDI is a five-year USAID-funded program designed to provide a holistic approach integrating medical, legal, psychosocial, and economic support services to survivors and those affected by SGBV. Accomplishing critical gains in SGBV awareness and responsive care and treatment needs, results to date include:
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