15 December 2016

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In the DRC, women and girls face multiple vulnerabilities due to general insecurity, prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, high rates of poverty, and limited availability of resources and  don’t have access to services. Women are disproportionally affected by these challenges due to inequality, and social, cultural, and political marginalization. FFC has seen the impact of grassroots organizations in effectively promoting women’s rights. However, these local initiatives faced many challenges in accessing funding

FFC was established in 2007 by Julienne Lusenge and a group of Congolese women to fund Congolese women’s groups that were not able to access funding through other sources. The idea was to create a proximity fund in order to bridge the gap between international donors and local women’s initiatives. The struggle of small or informal organizations to reach international donors can be explained by many factors such as strict funding regulations or heavy reporting requirements. Moreover, insecurity, lack of infrastructure and poor communication channels often discourage donors to work with groups in marginalized area of the country. That is where FFC comes in.Readmore

"I am a student at the Mululu Institute, based in Masisi in the province of North Kivu and am a member of the student’s club to fight violence against girls in schools. In 2019, still with the support of FFC and the accompaniment of the focal point, we carried out an advocacy mission with school authorities, political-administrative and traditional chiefs in the Masisi territory."
LUKOO SARAY
Beneficiarie
“We are the ones who know the causes of our problems; we are the ones who can create change, who have the solutions, and we are the ones who can speak with traditional leaders to change the situation. We are the agents of change.”
JULIENNE LUSENGE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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