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Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) released in PLOS ONE journal reveal powerful impacts of targeted, gender-transformative programming on health and violence in Rwanda

28 August 2018, Kigali, Rwanda - Almost two years after participating in the Bandebereho fathers and couples program in Rwanda, men are nearly half as likely to use violence against their female partners, and spend almost one hour more per day doing household chores, reveals a randomized controlled trial (RCT). This evaluation, released in PLOS ONE journal is led by Promundo, together with the Rwanda Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center, and the Rwanda Men’s Resource Center. It is one of a handful of rigorous studies, which show that engaging men as they become fathers and focusing on improving couple relationships can be an effective strategy to reduce men’s use of violence against women and improve relationships within the household.

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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