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The third reason : there were many issues of negative masculine behaviors and practices that were affecting negatively the lives and wellbeing of men. Some men did not find good reasons for seeking health services or participating in the health of their family members, unless they are in critical conditions for their own health or they are forced to do so for fear of being seen as engaging in women’s activities. Some other men are seen involved in risky behaviors including bad drinking habits, over-speed while driving (killing many people), some men committing suicide, others engaging in risky sexual behaviors and practices that have negative even fatal effects to them and their partners, and other risky masculine behaviors. Promoting positive forms of masculinity so that men can be positive for themselves and for their family members, their spouses and neighbors so that they live positive. This can increase the life expectancy to be equal to that of women in Rwanda, and actually get personal benefits of adopting and practicing positive forms of masculinities. Negative masculinities can be seen as violence against oneself and nobody can be positive to others before being positive to oneself. Promoting positive forms of masculinities can help exposing some hidden forms of violence against men due to cultural norms, and thus design appropriate response and elimination strategies.

The purpose of creating the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre was prompted by the need to empower and reach out to men so that they engage in gender equality practices through promotion of positive masculine behaviors, effective cross-gender dialogue in ending sexual and gender-based violence, enhanced men’s understanding and support to women’s empowerment initiatives, and adoption of healthy and non-violent behaviors that men need for their own development and their participation in promotion of healthy families in Rwanda.

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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