An end to the cycle of violence in DR Congo, and the stigma and silence associated with it. COFAPRI wants rural women to be empowered in a way they become economically self-reliant.
All women need to be empowered to break the cycle of violence.
To empower the Congolese women and girls via formal or informal education on human rights, and in income generating activities in remote villages, in order to be well equipped in defending their rights and act accordingly for develop economically, which will boost the development of the Eastern DRC, the country and the Great Lakes Region.
In this context, we empower women and girls to say NO to violence and to the abuses committed against females; some cultural discriminatory issues are addressed, as well as the consequences of the long lasting wars that imperilled the Eastern part of the DRC, because these elements truly impede the women’s development.
We are also empowering women and children through education (formal or informal). The women are doing different income generating activities in order to be economically self-reliant. They are also learning basics on reading and writing in order to better do their income generating activities. Children are also being empowered; we send them to school and give them needed support.
Encouraging women to set up small and, if possible, big income generating activities is a way they can contribute to their family’s economic development.
- Empowering the DRC women and girls to be able to break the cycle of all forms of violence carried out on females and thus build a safe DRC for them in particular and for every Congolese in general.
- Promoting gender equality with regard to opportunities and self expression. Breaking the silence and speaking out against discriminatory practices and myths that deny the rights of females, neglect and devalue the woman by giving everything to the man. Such cultural traditions must be rooted out since they still consider the woman as an object that deserves no value. Males also have to be re-educated on how to consider females for a better, well-balanced and safe social harmony.
- Self development; in addition to promoting their rights, these women also carry out some activities so as to develop their own welfare and that of the wider community.
- Educating potential women and girls to be able to safely defend their rights, based on positive civic, moral, spiritual, and political values. Sending children to school helps to have responsible future leaders who can address discrimination, poverty and speak for the whole community. This helps to obliterate ignorance and in this way to promote collective education via participation in sharing opinions and experience.
- Rendering services to the COFAPRI members and the region in general.