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The Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Program (GEWEP) in Rwanda engages men and local leaders to empower rural women socially, economically, and politically, helping them make decisions about their income and live free from violence. Funded by the Norwegian Government and coordinated by CARE Rwanda, GEWEP operates in the Southern Province with partners RWAMREC, Pro-femmes Twese Hamwe, and AEE.

With funding from the Norwegian Government, the GEWEP program is coordinated by CARE Rwanda, and implemented in collaboration with a consortium including African Evangelical Enterprises (AEE), Pro-femmes Twese Hamwe and the Rwanda Men’s Resource centre (RWAMREC). While AEE and Pro-femmes focus mainly on the women’s empowerment component through the Village Saving and Loan Associations (known as VSLAs), RWAMREC is in charge of engaging the women’s husbands, in order to promote gender equality and prevent SGBV. 

RWAMREC does this using the three following approaches:

  1. The Journey of Transformation (JoT), which is a 17-week-long training program for couples. Women in VSLAs and their husbands are taken through different sessions, in which they learn how to challenge rigid gender roles and norms, to create a more equal  relationship among spouses and a healthier and ultimately more prosperous family;

  2. The Community Activism Model: some women and men trained through the JoT are selected to become Community Activists (CAs) and receive extra gender training. They become a network of local activists able to sensitize their communities about basic concepts in gender and power, and who can support other families in conflict resolution. The CAs - together with other couples in the communities reached out by them-create Men Engage Clubs at the local level, to keep discussing and addressing cases of family conflict and SGBV within their own communities.

  3. Opinion leaders, including local leaders and religious leaders are also regularly engaged at the local level, to make sure they support the work of the CAs and the ME clubs, in fighting and prevent SGBV. 

By working with men and community members, RWAMREC intends to challenge social and gender norms that might hamper the results of women’s empowerment initiatives. By engaging men, RWAMREC has the important task to ensure that women's empowerment is  supported by their own husbands, families, and communities. Gender equality becomes everyone’s concern and business and can be sustained over time.

Power in Numbers


Districts (Musanze, Burera and Gakenke).


Couples aged 21-35 and children under 5 reached.


weekly sessions of the BANDEBEREHO module

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