BY Annonciata BYUKUSENGE
These are just some of the goal setting shareware that RWAMREC has to offer. They came back with a six-year study that looked at whether the “Bandebereho” program they were working on had yielded results across the country.
The Bandebereho program was launched in 2013, starting in the Northern Musanze districts, Kamonyi in the Southern Province; it was condemned in Rwamagana district, Eastern Province and Karongi district in the Western Province. Apart from Musanze district, the program has been implemented in all sectors, in other districts implemented in two sectors.
The study, which began in 2016, will be released in July 2022.
The study found that where the Bandebereho program started, violence decreased, while physical violence (beatings and injuries) decreased by 35%; sexual violence decreased by 33%; Property-based violence decreased by 28% and conspiracy theories decreased by 43%.
Another finding that this study has shown is that changing the perception of the principle of complementarity between spouses has changed those who have been living in conflict now that they are living well and that their families have developed and their lives are truly changing together.
This has led RWAMREC to expand the Bandebereho program to other parts of the country, according to its Director, Mr. Fidele Rutayisire.
“The Bandebereho program transforms men to be involved in the life of the mother because in many cases the woman is the one who is responsible for all the work and combines it with caring for the children alone. This program helps men to change attitudes and help their wives and take care of them from the time a woman is pregnant to 1000 days. ”
He focus that in this 1000-day period there is a lot of focus due to the fact that there is a need for a lot of cooperation in the family.
The visit is expected to continue in Gakenke and Rurindo districts of the Northern Province and will be extended to other parts of the country.