In this report, AIDSFree reviewed the PEPFAR Gender-Based Violence Initiative (GBVI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2015 to assess lessons of the initiative's implementation. The PEPFAR GBVI is aimed at improving HIV prevention, care, and treatment at all levels of society in the DRC. The AIDSFree team reviewed 21 documents and spoke with 26 stakeholders to complete the assessment. Findings from this report will be used to inform programming and future initiatives.
One in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused at least once in her lifetime. And women who have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) can face up to three times greater risk for HIV compared to those who have not, according to UNAIDS. GBV is common, affecting both women and men. Children and key populations are also at high risk, and often don’t have access to the resources they need.