We wish to thank you for your invaluable support this past year. Following is a quarterly field report direct from the team on the work that the Association de la Promotion de la Femme et l'Enfant Rwandais (APROFER) has been doing to fight gender-based violence and women's rights to property within the family...
(1) After conducting a baseline survey, we trained 70 people that included 25 couples, 5 widows, 5 future married couples, and 5 local leaders who would spread that knowledge in their neighborhood.
(2) At the beginning of the training, trainees gave their suggestions about what they wanted to learn, which was incorporated into the training. The following are the topics on the agenda of the training:
- Human rights and women’s rights, in particular
- Gender equality and couples' relations
- Responsibilities and rights of legally married partners
- Domestic violence
Below are the suggestions from trainees:
- To talk about the relationship between couples that would prevent domestic violence
- To have good relationships with neighbors and be patient
- How a family can work together towards its economic development
- How to manage family assets and what the law says about succession (property rights after death)
- To prepare nutritious meals
Then, we met our trainees to see together how to approach families that have experienced violence related to family asset management.
(3) We picked our beneficiaries under recommendations from focal points, local leaders, and churches.
(4) Trained families are being visited by our focal points to measure the impact of the training. Every six months our focal points make a report evaluating how our trainees are implementing what they learnt.
We hold public debates and discussions that lead our communities to work together to improve the well-being of a family. We have in total 60 families that conduct these public debates and discussions, including 30 families that serve as focal points. Focal points are the best couples that have received training. These families train other people in their Umudugudu (village) and cells (neighborhood). There are some who train future married couples in partnership with Nyange Catholic parish.
(5) The challenges we have faced this quarter include:
- We did not find all the needed instructional books about family law, but we got six books from “Reseaux de femme”. We are planning to apply for additional books from a local organization called Haguruka.
- Local people as well as local leaders have asked us to expand our training program in the community; up to the district level, in order to reach more people. We have limited financial means though, but continue to work to raise funds locally.
(6) We are designing a proposal to apply for a grant from INGOBOKA Fund, so that we can continue our work of fighting violence in our community. INGOBOKA Fund intervenes with fast aid to victims of violence in an emergency, while victims are waiting for other assistance.
We at Global Grassroots extend our deepest gratitude for your support in enabling our graduate's venture, APROFER, to do this important work in educating families, couples and the local community on women's rights to ownership and decision-making over family property, including land, homes and household resources. This work enables women to care for themselves and protect themselves and their children from vulnerability and violence.
We invite you to continue to support our work for the benefit of APROFER and other teams of women change agents throughout Rwanda. Thank you and warm wishes to your friends and families.
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