Vision Not Victim

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

In early 2013, the Vision Not Victim Project began in eastern Congo. We invited groups of girls to come together, to explore their possibilities and cultivate essential skills through creative activities and discussions. With the help of mentors, each girl developed a vision for herself and a strategic plan for achieving her ambitions. She then designed and directed a photo shoot, posing as her future self, having achieved her goal. We later shared the photographs with members of the local community. This spurred discussions about how parents and leaders can support the realization of these visions, and create safe and supportive environments that allow girls to pursue their potential. Building on the learning and positive impacts from this pilot, the IRC is scaling up to new countries to reach more girls and their communities through this girl-driven process. Vision Not Victim is most effective and impactful where IRC has established relationships and programming, which enables continued support to the girls and their communities after the conclusion of this project. As IRC continues to work with girls in various contexts and countries, the guidance for this project will be finalized and shared widely as an adaptable project that can be implemented in full, or customized as necessary.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Middle East & North Africa, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, United States of America

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2013 -


Sanctuary for Families, Move to End Violence, Tahirh Justice Center, HIAS, VOICE, Voices Latinas, Planned Parenthood, Deaf Women Included

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Empowerment
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


11 - 19

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors
  • Peer mentors

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action
  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms