MenstrualHygieneDay2020 : Periods don’t stop for pendemics

May 28 is universally recognized as the  Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day), which aims to break persisting taboos around menstruation, raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls, and engage decision-makers in raising the political priority of MHM. In the Rwandan community , like in many other communities , …

RICH ‘s statement on COVID-19 pandemic

A pandemic is defined as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population (merriam-webster dictionary) Since 2019 , the pandemic named COVID-19 has been spreading all over the world starting from the city of Wuhan in China. the World health Organisation declared it as …

High level meeting on the role of religious leaders in ending GBV

Gender-based violence is deeply rooted in gender discrimination and inequality, social norms, negative beliefs, and gender stereotypes. Given the devastating impact of gender-based violence on women and girls, efforts have focused mainly on the response and services for GBV victims. However, the best way to end gender-based violence against women and girls is to prevent …

PUTTING FAMILIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE BATTLE AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Thousands of people, comprising religious leaders, government officials, international and local NGO representatives, students attended an awareness campaign organized by the Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health (RICH) in partnership with Oxfam Rwanda at Kibingo playground, Ruhango sector in Ruhango district. This awareness campaign has begun with a walk against Gender-based Violence starting from Ruhango city …

RELIGIOUS LEADERS PLEDGED TO ERADICATE MALARIA

Religious leaders have the potential to promote and maintain positive changes in the social norms, attitudes, and behaviors of their community; however, malaria will not be eliminated without the efforts of all, we all have a role to play; therefore, improving public health outcomes is a shared responsibility. This means reaching out to all citizens …

Faith-based organizations pledged their support to fast track HIV prevention

Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health in partnership with UNAIDS has convened 40 religious leaders representing interfaith committees from Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Bugesera and Kamonyi district to discuss together with RBC representative on the strategies to fast track HIV and promote retention in treatment program. This activity was organised in line with World AIDS Day campaign …

Communitty campaign to speak out against GBV

Gender based violence continues unabated and with concrete discussion in our families and villages, while sexual abuses are causing thousands of teen pregnancies with devastating consequences on girls’ lives, on their families and on the country as a whole. In theory, our society prohibit such abuses, and the government has promulgated even law on prevention …

MOTORCYCLISTS COMMITTED TO ERADICATE GBV

Gender based violence is still a widespread problem in Rwanda; it is a complex problem, since some of its roots are enshrined in our cultural and belief based practices creating gender inequity, thereby fueling gender based violence. As a result, GBV negatively impacts the society, the economy and families. In fact, gender based violence affects …

National Religious Leaders Dialogue on Negative socio-cultural norms and practices that increase GBV in Rwanda

Rwanda has traditionally used dialogue to find out home-grown solutions; this has always been in our cultural values and historical heritage. For instance, the tradition of dialogue from the villages to the national level has provided home-grown solutions which have helped the country’s fast recovery from the Genocide aftermath. As the journey of ending Gender …

Workshop to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to advocate for SRHR and to fight SGBV

RICH convened CSOs intervening in the promotion of SRHR and in the fight of SGBV for a 3 days workshop

Fighting Gender Based Violence requires a comprehensive multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and multi-stakeholder approach. The involvement and collaboration of stakeholders enables efficiency of efforts and permits avoiding duplication which is a major challenge in the different interventions made by CSOs in the community . Towards strengthening the coalition of CSOs intervening in this thematic area and to …