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Impact reports

Transforming social norms, affirming equality

Learning from successes in the DRC

2021 Available in English and French

Through the doorway of a home in Ituri Province, DRC

Through the doorway of a home in Ituri Province, DRC. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/Tearfund

In 2015, Tearfund and its partner HEAL Africa initiated a project in 15 villages in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aiming to facilitate sustained changes in social norms related to violence against women. The goal was that violence would become unacceptable, survivors would be supported and men and women would form gender-equitable, violence-free relationships.

Two years later, a team of independent researchers evidenced the changes in social norms and behaviours that had come about in the communities, and examined the contribution made by the project to these changes. This impact report summarises the results.

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