Gender-based violence is one of the hindrances against human rights in our country as well as
worldwide. As a tradition, every year Rwanda celebrates this international event.
On 24th November 2017, Rwanda Men Resources Center (RWAMREC) joined Rwandans in the walk aimed at ending violence against women and girls. On this special day, the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in collaboration with social cluster Ministries and other stakeholders launched the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and girls. The event was organised countrywide under the National theme: “End violence against women and girls” and was celebrated through a walk done from the Parliament to Remera (Petit stade) where related ceremonies took place.
The 16 days of activism campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about the gravity and magnitude of Gender-based violence while soliciting the role of different actors and the community to act accordingly. It is also expected to enhance the prevention and protection efforts as well as services provided. Rwanda was mentioned as having strategies, policies, laws and sound institutional arrangements committed to curb Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). “The issue of VAWG is alarming worldwide. That’s why we have to stand all and speak out. We need men to change their mindset and shape safe environment for women and girls” said the One UN Rwanda Coordinator.
Rwanda is on the right way in fighting against Violence Against Women and Girls. “Cultural values, policies, laws coupled with political will are in place to enable the eradication of VAWG” emphasised MAKUZA Bernard, the President of Senate and Guest of Honor in the event.
RWAMREC stands as unique in its approach of engaging men to adopt positive forms of masculine behaviour in promoting women’s rights.