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Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC) is a non-government organization striving to achieve gender equality through the promotion of positive masculinities and male engagement approaches in preventing gender-based violence (GBV) in Rwanda. RWAMREC was founded in 2006 by nine members and was legally established in 2008 by Ministerial Order no. 114/11 of 3/9/2008. The organization was formed as a response aimed at seeing men become part of the solution and efforts to end men’s violent behaviors. With this concept, the organization worked to change the masculinity norms of men and boys to become positive and supportive partners in promoting gender equality in Rwanda.
The creation of RWAMREC was also triggered by the fact that gender promotion work was misunderstood as purely women’s affairs, with men tending to exclude themselves, and some feeling that they were being disempowered by gender equality to the detriment of women. This resulted in some men standing in the way of or blocking women’s empowerment efforts in many ways in trying to protect their masculinities. RWAMREC’s answer was to bring men together to understand that they too benefit from women's empowerment and are part of gender equality promotion work and benefits.
Since its founding, RWAMREC has transitioned from a small local organization to a nationally active non-governmental organization with programs in 24 districts spread over all the provinces of Rwanda. Since its inception, the primary focus of the organization continues to be promoting positive masculinity and the reduction of violence against women and children by men. RWAMREC operates in 24 districts of Rwanda to promote gender equality and fight against sexual and gender-based violence.

Creation phase (2006-2009)

During its creation phase, Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC) emerged as a pivotal response to the pressing need for male involvement in achieving gender equality and combatting gender-based violence (GBV) within Rwanda. Founded in 2006 by a group of nine dedicated individuals, RWAMREC was officially established in 2008 under Ministerial Order no. 114/11 of 3/9/2008. The organization's genesis was fueled by a collective recognition of the critical role men must play in addressing the root causes of GBV and transforming harmful masculinity norms. In 2009 the organization received its first funding from the UNDP. 

Research and expansion phase (2010-2016)

In 2010, the Rwanda Men's Resource Centre conducted its first study on masculinities in Rwanda, which helped us to understand deeply the influence that social norms have in norming the relationships between genders and the role of harmful masculinities in causing gender-based violence. Thanks to the research and ongoing advocacy work the organization started implementing different program around the country and join different networks promoting positive masculinities and the Men Engage Approach. 

Growth phase (2017 - 2021)

The Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC) was founded with a vision to foster a peaceful society where men and women share responsibilities equally, both within families and in broader societal governance. From its inception, RWAMREC has been dedicated to promoting gender equality by transforming traditional perceptions of masculinities and femininities. The organization began its journey with a focus on community empowerment, striving to create environments where both men and women can work towards equality. In 2020, we extended our scope of action beyond Rwanda and we registered as an NGO in the Central African Republic. 

Strategic Adaptation and Inclusive Planning phase (2022 - ongoing)

The development of RWAMREC’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan marked a new phase of growth and adaptation. Employing a participatory and inclusive approach, the plan was crafted to ensure stakeholder buy-in and ownership . This period of strategic planning involved a thorough situational analysis, leveraging both internal strengths and external opportunities, such as supportive policies and donor engagement, while addressing weaknesses and threats, including funding issues and community resistance .

Vision for the Future

RWAMREC’s vision continues to be a peaceful society where gender equality is the norm, and both men and women can thrive equally. The mission focuses on transforming societal perceptions through awareness creation, advocacy, capacity development, movement building, and service delivery. A more feminist-driven approach will guide future efforts, with increased dialogue and collaboration with other feminist organizations and groups facing any form of discrimination to ensure a more inclusive approach. Youth engagement will be a cornerstone of this vision, empowering the next generation to champion gender equality and social justice. As RWAMREC moves forward, it remains committed to fostering an inclusive society, driving gender justice, and empowering future generations to uphold the values of equality and respect.


Join us on our journey!

RWAMREC invites you to join us in this transformative journey. Together, we can build a society where gender equality is not just a goal but a lived reality. Whether through partnership, advocacy, or community engagement, every effort brings us closer to a more just and equitable world.

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