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Working with Men and Boys

In 2007, MRI trainers led leadership training in Kigali, engaging men in combating gender-based violence. Participants learned about trauma, dialogue, partnership, and action plans.

In the autumn of 2007, generously funded by individual donors to Men’s Resources International, MRI trainers Steven Botkin and James Arana, along with associate trainer Adin Thayer, dedicated two weeks to conducting leadership training and consultations in Kigali. Their focus was on engaging men in the eradication of gender-based violence.

The primary training session attracted nearly 40 participants, comprising Rwandan men and women, including all founding members of the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre, representatives from ProFemme, community members, government officials, and delegates from Zambia and Nigeria. Additionally, with the support of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, four representatives from "up-country" coffee cooperatives journeyed to Kigali to take part.

The training objectives were as follows:

  • Gain an understanding of how trauma and male socialization contribute to the cycle of men's violence.

  • Acquire skills for facilitating empowering dialogue between women and men.

  • Explore methods for men to engage as partners with women in violence prevention, gender equality, and positive masculinity.

  • Enhance resources and capabilities for educating others on gender-based violence, gender equality, and positive masculinity.

  • Foster personal and collective insight, healing, and empowerment in relation to experiences with men and violence.

  • Develop action plans for involving men in existing and emerging community initiatives.

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