Help a Child and Invi will join forces to protect women and children against sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Congo (DRC).

Help a Child and Invi are joining forces to combine the strengths of two interventions in addressing SGBV in South Kivu. As part of an inclusive community program that focuses on spreading knowledge and awareness on SGBV, the Invi self-defense bracelet will be introduced. The bracelet is a nonviolent self-defense device, using a disgusting smell to keep off perpetrators and enables people to walk around with confidence by knowing they can defend themselves.

By reaching out to girls, but also boys, teachers, parents and community leaders we include all in building a culture where SGBV is rejected and equality is embraced by the local community. The program will be introduced in collaboration with the l’Université Évangélique Afrique and is funded by the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) for humanitarian Innovations. The project will first start with 800 participants (400 women and 400 men) and will be scaled up after evaluation.