Yvonne is now vice president of a PSVI Community Action Group, providing support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence and encouraging the community to speak out against these crimes. Through the project she has trained in advocacy and negotiation skills to support survivors to take up their places in their families and communities again. She also knows the laws and local legal processes to help survivors access justice.
Yvonne says, ‘There used to be a lack of understanding about gender based violence, it was accepted as a fact of life. This is changing. Victims used to think they should not speak out, now they do. We should not be quiet if we are victims or witness sexual violence.’
She is also working to promote true masculinity as part of the PSVI, challenging social norms which often legitimise violence and say that to be a man you have to be ‘tough’. Thanks to all her work in the community, Yvonne was also recently named a local leader and is now able to lobby for change at a high level amongst her male peers.
Praise God for the strength and perseverance he has given Yvonne, placing and using people like her to bring about change.
Tearfund has recently also launched an emergency appeal to help those urgently needing aid across the DRC.
- Give thanks for Yvonne and her family and ask for God’s continued blessing and healing.
- Pray for a broad and deep change in the culture and thinking around gender in Bunia and the wider region.
- Ask for healing for survivors of sexual violence in the DRC and pray that the work of the PSVI will be able to reach more people and communities.
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