Living Peace: From conflict to coping in Democratic Republic of Congo
AUTHOR(S) Kate Hawkins
The Living Peace four year project is being implemented in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country where conflict has led to millions of deaths, mass displacement, and many victims and perpetrators of violence. In addition, DRC exhibits a prevalence of highly inequitable, violent partner relationships driven by childhood experiences of violence, gender inequitable beliefs, power inequalities, economic stress and insufficient coping mechanisms around post-conflict trauma. Living Peace provides psychosocial support through group therapy for men (and their partners) to reduce sexual and gender based violence, promote healing, restore relationships and rebuild communities in postconflict settings. The aim of the work is to break the cycle whereby traumatised men inflict further violence on their partners and communities, and instead move towards more peaceful coping strategies and gender equality.