Protect 815 Rwandan Women from Domestic Violence

$5,110 $1,243
Raised Remaining


This Global Grassroots' sponsored project, titled "Relax", is combating domestic violence by educating women about their rights and giving rural representatives cell phones to report cases of abuse.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

This team of 10 is working with women in the rural village of Mutara, Rwanda, where up to 50% of women are victims of different forms of domestic violence, including denial of property rights, sexual violence (marital rape) and physical abuse. This locally-initiated project aims "to see women safe in their community, to see women's rights respected, to shift the burden of stigma onto men who commit violence rather than on the women who are victims of domestic violence"

How will this project solve this problem?

Relax will work with police and local authorities to improve legal protection of victims, and lead community workshops on issues of domestic violence. They will use cell phones to report violence and generate project revenue as local pay phones.

Potential Long Term Impact

In its first year, the Relax Project estimates it will reach 815 people. It aims to increase the number of women who report violence from 50% to 55% within the first 6 months, and within 2 years decrease the local authority's response to one week.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,110

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,110 .  The original project funding goal was $6,353.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Gretchen Wallace

President and Founder
Hanover, NH United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Protect 815 Rwandan Women from Domestic Violence