Looking back at Victory for Equality’s history we have always been working with suppressed and neglected groups since its inception in 2006. It began with our first project for indigenous people and education in the Andes in Peru. Afterwards it was followed by a rapid development with our other first big South American project in Ecuador: a program ran and developed by the local people, against domestic violence on the island of Limones. Always established by a comprehensive research prior. With incredible results, improving more than over hundreds of women’s lives.
After moving to Tanzania, the foundation’s work started switching from solely women support- and empowerment projects to the implementation of projects for both women and men.
After years of fundamental research in the Lake Area of the Victoria region, we started working closely together with the local Tanzanian youth to implement our first projects in that region. Not only to support girls and women, but also to involve boys and men equally in the projects. We began outreach programs in local schools in Tanzania. These programs brought boys and girls together in groups to discuss and have a dialogue regarding gender related topics. The results and evaluations of the programs by the youth themselves were proven so positive that they started to expand on their own.
To move forward and further develop on this topic, we were looking for new cornerstones, and found those in South Africa. There we built strong collaborations with several institutions and local partners that are actively specializing in this field. A new perspective and support- model for the Foundation was born. New programs have been set up: Gender Reconciliation Programs.