GR2 on Team Awarded RISE Innovation Challenge

USAID announces HHI’s Program on Gender Rights and Resilience (GR2) as one of the winners of their inaugural RISE Challenge. Nearly 200 applicants from 49 countries entered Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Environment and HHI was one of five consortia selected for their innovative solutions.

Action to Protect Women and Abandoned Children (ASEFA) is partnering with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and two other women-led Congolese organizations to implement the project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Resource-ful Empowerment: Elevating Women’s Voices for Human and Environmental Protection in Congolese Small-Scale Mining.

The project will address GBV and environmental degradation associated with artisanal mining in the eastern DRC, where one study found that one in seven women were required to trade sex for access to work in mining. Building upon research conducted by HHI in 2016, ASEFA and HHI will train 360 women and men miners through a year-long curriculum on human rights, women’s protection, and measures for reducing the environmental impact of artisanal mining in four project sites within each of the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema. Two of the four communities will receive additional training that examines the link between people who work in mining towns and how humans are connected to their environment, with the main goal of improving both environmental and human outcomes. The project aims to develop an evidence-based, scalable, and replicable curriculum to address human rights, GBV, and environmental protection.

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