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Bandebereho (‘role model’ in kinyarwanda) works with men and couples with young children to promote men's engagement in reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, violence prevention, caregiving, and healthier couple relations in Rwanda.

The intervention uses fatherhood as an entry-point to promote men’s participation as caring, non-violent and supportive fathers and partners. Bandebereho takes a gender-transformative approach –meaning that participants critically question and reflect on gender norms, or the social expectations for women and men, and their impact on their roles as parents and partners.

Participants are invited to attend up to 17 small group sessions of critical reflection, dialogue, and participatory activities that support men (and their partners) to learn, practice, and adopt more equitable attitudes and behavior related to parenting, care work, couple communication, and non-violent conflict resolution. The intervention has been recognized as an effective approach for reducing intimate partner violence, including in the RESPECT women: preventing violence against women framework (WHO, UN Women).

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