A former refugee camp, international agencies have considered Rwenena too conflict-prone to be safe and too remote to access due to lack of adequate infrastructure. Within the community, the Family Code of 1998 ruled women were obligated to obey their husbands and seek permission for legal matters outside the home. Their second-class status resulted in low self-esteem, despondency, & even stigmatization, in cases of pregnancies from sexual violence.
The solution is already in progress. The pilot for this project served 35 women, with a 100%, retention and profit rate. The next 60 women await their opportunity, but we need your donations for success. Women have been elected to the influential General Development Committee. As part of successful lobbying within and outside the village, the group has persuaded male heads of households to respect the reformed Family Code of 2016, which eliminates most restrictions of the original one.
In keeping with the community-led development approach of FOPAC and, since 2019, the Rwenena community, residents are now working together to maintain peace and advance economic prosperity. At the FOPAC SK-facilitated general assemblies for peace of 2019 and 2021, traditional male leaders recognized the future success of Rwenena lies with its women and their acquisition of new skills to accompany innate abilities. The women have become changemakers, with the next generation poised to follow.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).