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W E L C O M E   T O   R W A M R E C   O F F I C I A L  W E B S I T E

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RWAMREC 

Kimironko, Road to Kigali Parents' School
KG 15 AVE 6 (OR) KG 149 ST 1
P.O.Box 5768 Kigali
Tel: + 250 788315140
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email: info@rwamrec.org
Website: www.rwamrec.org

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Creation in November 2006

- It was created by 9 men:

Gender inequalities (feminization of poverty and HIV&AIDS),
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (especially rape of children, and violence against women),
Misunderstanding of gender concepts and practices (gender = women and women’s affairs),
More than 90% of violence perpetrated by men,
And yet, there are good policies and a very strong political will and commitment on the Government side.

Then resolved to create RWAMREC:

- Promote positive masculine behaviors and practices for men’s health and well being, and healthy families;

- Engage men in ending men’s violence not only against women and children, but also against themselves,

- Support women’s empowerment in all spheres of life, so that there is a space for women to exercise their rights and be empowered for sustainable development.

Overall aim of RWAMREC

- Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre aims to address issues of negative masculine behaviors and gender inequalities in order to promote : healthy families,
Men’s welfare, women’s rights and men’s wellbeing,
- Prevention of gender-based violence, and related consequences including; HIV/AIDS, health, high rates of demographic growth, poverty and environmental issues.

Vision, Mission

Vision : Our vision is to have a peaceful society where women and men, girls and boys share responsibilities for raising families and governing society in equality and mutual respect.

Mission : Our mission is to mobilize men to promote positive forms of masculinities and act as role models in promoting gender equality, support women’s empowerment, and eliminate men’s violence against women and children.

Strategies
- Raise awareness and advocacy on gender equality and GBV prevention at national and local levels,

- Engage men in preventing other men’s violence against women and children through community mobilization,

- Networking with other organizations to ensure steady growth of mass mobilization activities nationwide for men engagement (and creation of men’s self-reflection groups to positive masculine behaviors and practices),

Key intervention models
- Journey of transformation for women’s economic empowerment and SGBV prevention
- MenCare+ for engaging men as positive and supportive partners in sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child’s health
- Boys4Change for peer-to-peer mentorship and influence among young people
- “Umugoroba w’Ababyeyi” for preventing sexual and gender-based violence and promoting healthy families with engagement of opinion leaders.

Strategies

- Creating a space for self-reflection and interactive discussion and honest sharing of feelings, ideas, and beliefs in efforts of challenging violent behaviors and practices in families and communities,

- Promote partnerships and collaborations among men and women in GBV prevention strategies and work very closely with local leaders and other key stakeholders involved

- Awareness raising and empowerment for change actions in families and communities

Achievements:

* Conducted IMAGES countrywide in Rwanda, and carried out advocacy dialogues during the development of the gender policy, the policy against S&GBV, and the HIV and other health national strategies

* Established a network of MenEngage Network to implement men engagement approaches in development programs,

* Engaged in mass mobilization through radio spots and talk shows, and organized sensitization campaign nationwide,
Carried out capacity building for organizations to implement Male engagement initiatives.

* Provided mentorship program for promotion of non-violent behaviors and healthy adolescent relationships,

* Worked with ex-combatants in promoting positive masculine behaviors for effective reintegration,

* Worked with men to support women’s economic empowerment through VSLs,

* Providing course on masculinity to police personnel within their training centre at gishali,

* Engaged in policy advocacy for formulation of gender focused policies and strategies:
The GBV policy,
The Family policy and code
The new NSP on HIV and GBV responses
The strategy on access to finance for women and youth
The Family policy and law in revision process…..

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RWAMREC Values

  • Men are naturally loving, caring and sensitive; and may practice compassion and non-violence.


  • Powerful men do not need to hurt or blame others.


  • Men of quality do not fear equality.


  • There are non-violent, non-abusive, and non-controlling means of solving problems and conflicts.

Quotes on Gender

  • “A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.” ― Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World


  • “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato, The Republic

  • “In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” ― Margaret Thatcher