The Communication for Change (C-Change) project, implemented by FHI 360 and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, works in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to challenge prevailing social and gender norms that perpetuate violence in student communities and to promote positive norms to prevent and mitigate school-related, gender-based violence. This behavior change communication project was introduced in 31 schools and neighboring communities in Katanga Province.
Codes of conduct
The project works to create a safe environment for students by establishing codes of conduct in schools to govern and discourage behavior related to gender-based violence. Having codes of conduct in place encourages school administrators, community members and parents to enforce the rules and to discourage gender-based violence.
Working with students, parents and school personnel
Understanding the consequences of gender-based violence can help change underlying attitudes. The project equips young girls and boys with knowledge and understanding of school-related, gender-based violence and gives them the skills to resist and report it. The project also builds the knowledge and skills of school administrators, teachers and parents to identify, discourage, and intervene in incidences of gender-based violence.
Community media campaigns
Local communication channels, such as community radio, theater and other vehicles have been used to enhance understanding, change attitudes and promote preventive community actions.