In the rural district of Kibuye, the 16 members of APROFER noticed that conflict over property often escalated into violence and resulted in the disenfranchisement of women. Although there are laws in Rwanda regarding women’s property rights, too few people in this community were aware of them.
Through your generous donations, representatives of this team were able to attend the Academy for Conscious Change and receive high-engagement support to develop their social venture into a sustainable, locally owned organization to address this issue.
In the last quarter, this team provided training to 70 individuals on laws regarding property rights, and how to fight against the violence that often ensues from conflicts over property. Of the 70 people who received this training, 54 of them reported that they had a new understanding of women’s rights to property and to be safe from violence. APROFER is also working at creating new expectations in the next generation, and worked with 20 local youth, engaging them in debate and discussion.
This team is continuing to make home visits to families struggling with conflicts over property. They are using their training to train others and have reached more than 500 to date. We applaud them and invite you to help support more locally-lead initiatives that are building peace and improving the lives of women in post-conflict Africa.
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