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The celebration of the International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that acknowledges women’s achievements and contribution to the political, economic and social development of countries through the promotion of gender equality. The activities in the women’s empowerment month are implemented in March where the International Women’s Day is celebrated. They highlight activities related to women empowerment, achievements and exhibitions, challenges and areas for improvement, equal opportunity between women and men, GBV prevention…
The closing ceremony held on 29th March, 2017 took place at Kaborondo sector’s garden. During the function, officials at sector and cell levels as well as guests from the National Women’s Council sensitized participants composed essentially of women, men and youth, to promote healthy relationship within families, in order to build peaceful society. The entertainments during the closing ceremony included dramas, traditional dances, poems, speeches- with GBV prevention as a key message.
During this celebration, the RWAMREC and RWANDA Women Network field officers appointed in Kabarondo briefed around 400 participants on the impact of the INDASHYIKIRWA Agents for Change project. They informed participants about the community activism that is taking place in the cells.

At national level, the closing ceremony of the women empowerment month took place on 31st March 2017 at Akabare II village, Rwimishinya cell, Rukara sector in Kayonza District. The theme for this event was: “Preserving Dignity Regained”. Different authorities including the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), the Governor of Eastern Province, the Chairperson of the National Women’s Council, the Executive Secretary of Gender Monitoring Office, the Commander of Rwandese Defense Forces and Police Commander in Eastern Province, the Mayor of Kayonza District and others attended the event where a trained couple of activists, NZAKAMWITA Beatrice and her husband MUGIRANEZA John Baptist from Kabarondo sector gave their testimony. Their GBV experience before joining the INDASHYIKIRWA Agents for Change project was about to cause divorce. The project insisted on dialogue among couples and helped this couple to realize the harm GBV was causing to the spouses themselves, their children and their family projects.
The Guest of Honor, Honorable Minister of Gender and Family Promotion thanked everyone for the role played in GBV prevention. The Minister acknowledged RWAMREC among the actors in the frontline of GBV prevention. However, she reminded participants that GBV is still in our families and called everyone to family dialogue as mentioned by those who gave their testimony.

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  • 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