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On October 16th 2019, through the longtime partnership with the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) whose mission is to support the full community reintegration of the Democratic forces for the Liberation of Rwanda’s (FDLR) ex-combatants repatriated into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018; RWAMREC provided GBV-prevention training to over 250 of these ex-combatants, aged 24-66years, in Kicukiro, Gatsibo, Musanze, Rubavu and Karongi Districts.

These men and women, many of whom were couples, engaged in discussions around basic concepts of gender and sex, socialization and discriminative cultural and social norms, underlying causes and consequences of GBV on individuals and families, power relations, positive reinterpretations of masculinities and femininities; amongst other things. The day-long training sought to contribute to changing outdated attitudes that often lead to GBV; and create healthier interpersonal and family relationships.
Testimonies emerging from the various Districts’ participants pointed at the fact that not much training on Gender and GBV had previously been received; and that they considered it very necessary, given that GBV was very recurrent in their communities, yet highly undisclosed and often customary.