Training faith leaders and gender champions in Libi on Transforming Masculinities Training faith leaders and gender champions in Libi on Transforming Masculinities Uwezo Baghuma, HEAL Africa

Engaging with Faith Groups to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict-affected Communities

Project Title

Engaging with Faith Groups to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict-affected Communities

The Organisation

Tearfund in partnership with HEAL Africa

Summary of Intervention / Research

The project seeks to engage and equip faith leaders to be catalysts within communities to address the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls. It operates in 15 conflict-affected communities in Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The project helps faith leaders to use their position of influence within affected communities to break the silence on Sexual and Gender-based Violence and promote attitude change around gender inequality, gender roles, stigma, and violence against women and girls.

Humanitarian emergency responses in DRC tend to focus on service provision alone, which struggle to respond adequately to the scale of gender-based violence and its underlying causes. This project develops urgently needed approaches to integrate primary prevention into conflict settings. Harmful social norms, often influenced and justified by religious beliefs in relation to gender inequality, are widely recognized as root causes of violence. Therefore, engaging with faith leaders and addressing these underlying factors is vital for effective prevention.

The project works with faith groups and the wider community through community conversations in the aim of tackling the root causes of violence which include gender inequality and harmful social norms. It engages men and boys, as well as women and girls, in transforming more positive understandings of masculinities, tackling stigma and improving support for survivors within communities.

Tearfund is developing new research on the social attitudes and practices that support violence against women and girls in the target communities. The project seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of working with faith groups to tackle these issues, and contribute to a more robust evidence base for preventing violence against women and girls.

Geographic Location

Orientale Province, Rethy District, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Major Timeframes

The project began in 2015 and end line results are expected in the first quarter of 2018

Project Curriculum

  • Dialogues Communautaires Dialogues Communautaires

    Promouvoir des relations respectueuses et des communautés équitables

    Les dialogues communautaires sont un outil que les champions de genre (défenseurs de l’égalité hommes-femmes) peuvent utiliser pour animer des sessions de réflexion et de dialogue. Leur but ultime est que les personnes qui y participent soient transformées. Cet outil sera d’autant plus efficace s’il est utilisé dans le contexte de l’approche Transformer les masculinités. Les thèmes de discussion sont respectivement adaptés au groupe de femmes et au groupe d’hommes, qui sont censés se réunir pour une réflexion commune lors de la sixième semaine.

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  • Transformer Les Masculinités - Manuel de formation Transformer Les Masculinités - Manuel de formation

    Les « champions de genre » sont des hommes et des femmes qui se portent volontaires au sein des communautés pour inspirer et faciliter des changements relatifs aux normes de genre, à l’égalité hommes-femmes et au rôle de la foi. L’objectif est d’accompagner un changement de comportement individuel et de changer les normes sociales liées au genre, aux masculinités et aux violences sexuelles basées sur le genre.

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  • Transformer Les Masculinités - Guide Rapide Transformer Les Masculinités - Guide Rapide

    Une femme et une fille sur trois subiront des violences physiques ou sexuelles au cours de leur vie. Cela représente un milliard de femmes et de filles dans le monde aujourd’hui. Les violences à l’égard des femmes et des filles existent dans toutes les sphères et les strates de la société, sous diverses formes, comme le viol, la maltraitance physique, le harcèlement et la discrimination. La violence sexuelle et basée sur le genre (VSBG) empêche les femmes et les filles de vivre dans la dignité. C’est pourquoi il faut impérativement y mettre fin.

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  • Community Dialogues Community Dialogues

    Promoting respectful relationships and equitable communities

    The community dialogues are a tool that Gender Champions can use to facilitate a series of reflections and dialogues. Their ultimate aim is for individuals to be transformed. This tool will be most effective if used in the context of the Transforming Masculinities approach. The discussion themes are tailored for both women’s and men’s groups, with the expectation they will come together for a joint reflection in Week 6. The themes are intended to prompt personal reflection and deepen understanding of the topics; the Gender Champions’ (facilitators’) knowledge will also feed into this process.

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  • Transforming Masculinities - Training Manual Transforming Masculinities - Training Manual

    ‘Gender Champions’ are men and women who volunteer within communities to lead and facilitate change with respect to gender norms, gender equality and the role of faith. The aim is to support individual behaviour change, and to change social norms around gender, masculinities and sexual and gender-based violence.

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  • Transforming Masculinities - Quick Guide Transforming Masculinities - Quick Guide

    One in every three women and girls will experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. That is 1 billion women and girls in our world today. Violence against women and girls happens in every sphere and strata of society in various forms such as rape, physical abuse, harassment and discrimination. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) deprives women and girls of a life of dignity which is why ending it is critical.

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Key Contact

Maggie Sandilands, Tearfund


Quotes from Transforming Masculinities training:

“I asked my wife for the first time in the many years of being married what I can do to be a better man, husband and father. And she said you never spend time with your children; you never have time for them, but for your ministry and work. I wish I had participated in such a workshop when my children were younger, and still at home. So I could have made an effort to be a father”.  Male pastor


“I asked her if I can ask her a question, she said okay. I asked her since the day we’ve been married, what do you want me to change? She asked me whether if she answered would I change? And I said yes I would. She said ‘first ask the trainer to beat you, because you never treat us women like we are important’. She wept when I asked her the question, and said that she ‘always does household work alone, you never help me with the gardening’. But also she thanked me for helping her with the house work”.  Male participant from Ngiri, with tears in his eyes when sharing this