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During the last quarter of 2016, RWAMREC senior staff have been involved in the development of
the terms of reference integrating the Rights Based Approach in a new strategic plan.
Three Stones Consultants were selected to support in the development of the strategic plan, based
on their experience.
The Consultants organized workshops where RWAMREC staff were introduced to the rights based
approach.
The workshops were a good opportunity to set the priority objectives of this strategic plan based on
the current country context, RWAMREC mission and vision as well as the new orientations of the
Programme Based Approach integrating the Rights Based Approach alongside with the MenEngage
approach.

While participants agreed on Rwanda’s high commitment, performance and progress in promoting
gender equality and women’s empowerment since 1994, they also acknowledged persisting
disparities and key areas of concern the new strategic plan should focus on: gender based violence,
violence against women, women’s limited access and control over productive means, limited access
to decision
making etc. The perceived gaps construct women as naturally inferior and men tend to control
women (their wives, their daughters and their sisters). In some instances, they are even allowed
physical force to do so. These gaps are perceived in families, schools, work place and other public
places. The commitment of RWAMREC and its partners lies in changing the negative cultural
and traditional norms that stand in the way for women’s empowerment, changing mindsets so
that Rwandans can acknowledge and address gender disparities.

The new strategic plan has taken into consideration guiding documents including the Sustainable
Development Goals, 2003 Constitution as revised to date of the Republic of Rwanda, EDPRS II,
the National Gender Policy, various laws that address the traditional gender patterns, discrimination
and GBV.

The new strategic plan also identifies a number of key partners including the Ministry of Gender and
Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), the National Women’s Council (NWC), the Gender Monitoring Office
(GMO), the Gender Desk, FFRP (Forum of Women Parliamentarians), and male parliamentarians, civil
society organizations (CSOs and units within the National Police and Army to ensure the
successful implementation, effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

5 key result areas have been identified in the next 5 years:

1.Community empowerment: RWAMREC will design interventions that involve all members of the
community to create conducive environments for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
This will be achieved through engaging men as partners, beneficiaries and agents of change.

2. Healthy Families: Considering the fact that gender disparities pose significant barriers to health
and nutrition outcomes of children, women and families, RWAMREC interventions will promote
healthy and peaceful families through prevention of intimate partner violence as well as any other
form of gender discrimination. RWAMREC will build on its previous experience in promoting positive
gender relations, fatherhood and parenthood.

3. Child Support and Youth Mentorship: After realizing that Rwanda ‘s population is overwhelmingly
young, and considering that children and youth are the future of the country, RWAMREC has
adopted to actively deconstruct rigid gender norms, socialize the youth and children into healthy
gender relations and values, engage them to adopt positive forms of masculinities/femininities and
non-violent behaviors.
4. Gender Justice: Taking into account the gender gaps identified, RWAMREC will design interventions
that engage men to recognize and create a space for women’s rights. These interventions will
also advocate for accountable policies and institutions for effective gender responsive service
delivery that restore the dignity of survivors of GBV. RWAMREC will contribute to creating gender
just institutions and mechanisms based on gender focused policy and legal frameworks.
5. Institutional Capacity Development: For RWAMREC to deliver effectively, to expand and to
network, it is imperative that its capacities are strengthened adequately. The capacity building and
partnership of RWAMREC have to respond to the individual and institutional needs identified in the
organizational assessment.
RWAMREC needs to strengthen its management systems so that it is enabled to manage human,
financial and material resources in the context of the Programme Based Approach. Given the fact
that RWAMREC seeks behavior change which is a long and slow process requiring a lot of resources,
participants realized that RWAMREC need to strengthen its capacity for resilience.


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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