Following is a report direct from the venture leadership of Light in Our Home in Rwanda. This venture will be deactivated following this report, as they have been fully funded and are fully operational. We thank all of our donors for their generous support for making this project possible. You have enabled over 320 leaders, 150 households and 20 high school clubs to benefit from gender-violence training in rural Rwanda. We hope you enjoy this report from the field:
Following is an update on the training project of women leaders that has been implemented under of RALGA (Reassembly Association of Local Government Authority) and Light in our Home.
- Provision of skills on good governance to the decision-making women, in order to better emphasize sustainable development.- Equipping women in EDPRS and presenting to them their contribution in those strategies implementation.- Organizing debates on problems related to the violence related to land property, property law and gender based violence law.- Encouraging women in their contribution in mobilizing or influencing community families on wellbeing (health nutrition and hygiene)
We thank you for your generous support, which has made this impact possible!
Over the last quarter, Light in Our Home, a Global Grassroots trained social venture, has provided training on family law to 45 more women and men. This most recent training has come at the recommendation of the district, which is an indicator of this team's leadership in their region. They have also succesfully worked to create an anti-GBV club in the local high school. Their upcoming plans inlude a training in their community on laws related to land and property rights, using local community members who have been trained in the past as role models to provide support across the new sectors they will reach.
Light in Our Home continues to advance its mission to address violence against women and children, in particular domestic violence and sexual abuse, which is exacerbated by poverty and women and girls' subsequent vulnerability.
Thank you for your contribution to Light in Our Home. This venture has now officially graduated from Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change incubator. We will be retiring this venture from the GlobalGiving site because it is fully funded and operational. However we will endeavor to keep you updated on their progress and should the team prepare to expand their work, we will reach out for your support and partnership again.
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The Have Pity and Compassion team joined their sisters across the world when they participated in International Women’s Day on March 8. In partnership with other local leaders, they organized a community event to raise awareness about women’s contributions both in and out of the home. Women’s work has too often been undervalued globally, so recognizing the value of women’s contribution is a crucial step towards gender equity. Four hundred and fifty women attended and heard this message. Recognizing that engaging the next generation of women is a key to social change, they organized information sessions with 120 school-aged girls, emphasizing governmental programs that provide them access to educational opportunities. They also organized a public discussion to educate women about opportunities to advance their well being in both their professional and personal lives.
The aim of our meetings was to remind these committee members their roles in family progress, so that we can strengthen our collaboration in solving domestic violence.
Together with the committee and in collaboration with local leaders and the National Women's Council in our district, we made a list of families in conflict. In most cases, the cause of conflict in those families was based on family property management.
At the end we all decided to visit each family, and intervene in helping it to solve their conflicts.
On November 14, 2012 the committee in charge of family progress had a meeting. They talked about how they can schedule days of visiting these families.
On December 9, 2012 our team Have Pity and Compassion had a monthly general meeting, where we evaluated the progress and impact of our activities in our community. We figured out that whatever was planned for November was done well, and we even introduced a new activity of reaching even more people who did not attend our trainings, as well as growing our partnership through directly working with the committee in charge of family progress, the National Women''s Council in our district and local leaders.
On December 10, 2012 we had a public discussion about fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV) on the sector level.
On December 10, 2012 in Kigarama and Gishweru and on December 19, 2012 in Mutara, and on December 26, 2012 in Nyabibugu we conducted public discussions in our cells where local people were invited. We talked about family law and the law of succession, and family management. People asked questions and together with local leaders at the sector level we answered them and explained what the law says about it.
On December 23, 2012 we organized a concert that had the theme of "Fighting Any Type of Domestic Violence in Order to Live in a Sector Without Violence” Among invitees there were police officers, executive secretaries of the sector and cells, school and religious leaders as well as our team members. We did a mobilization and advertisement through posting announcements and communicating them in churches. We showed a movie that is famous locally, and played teaching sketches and theaters that talk about fighting violence. As a result, there were so many people; we can estimate over 1200 people, and the majority was youth.
We received three women who were seeking advice from us. We also received three children and two men who were living in domestic violence and needed at least listening support. Afterwards, we transferred them to local leaders in charge of solving such cases.
Challenges we’ve been meeting are that some people’s rights were abused by some leaders at the cell level. It was a big challenge for us to intervene as it was tending to create conflicts between us and these leaders. We decided to report the case to the executive leaders in charge of the sector.
We thank Global Grassroots for its continuous collaboration. Madam Gyslaine visited us and we are so grateful.
Mukanyarwaya Consolee, The president of the team
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Thank you as always for your invaluable support, which ensures women like Consolee can lead social change in their own communities benefiting women. Please consider a contribution to support Have Pity and Compassion and our continued work with this team. We are grateful for your partnership.
We are happy to provide an update on the work of our social venture Light in Our Home, as well as an update on the progress of Global Grassroots' work to support change agent teams like Light in Our Home more broadly:
LIGHT IN OUR HOME UPDATE
This year, Light in Our Home worked with district officials to recognize the people who benefited from their program as public examples of the team's work in reducing gender-based violence. Led by Monique Mukakageli, this venture team has been doing significant advocacy work, training local authorities and school administrators to mobilize against gender-based violence. So far, they have trained 384 local leaders who have, in turn, brought their new knowledge and skills to share with their communities.
Light in Our Home project leaders also helped to coordinate a new Global Grassroots training program in conscious social change and social entrepreneurship for venture team members who were not originally elected by their teams to attend the first Academy for Conscious Change. Further, project leader Monique Mukakageli, serves on Global Grassroots' Rwandan Advisory Council, which reviewed our entire program, goals, evaluation process and curriculum this year providing valuable recommendations for our efficiency and impact. Monique, who serves on her local women's council and works as a headmistress of a local school ran for Parliament in the last election.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE
Global Grassroots is making innovative efforts to meet the growing demand for our programs and has created exciting new partnerships to catalyze conscious social change around the globe:
Beginning in their own communities, Global Grassroots’ change agents are working building a culture that values, supports and empowers girls and women worldwide. Please support our continued work with vulnerable women change agents. Donate today: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/conscious-social-change/
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