16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2013

CPS-AVIP in partnership with the Rwandan based grassroots faith organisation have organised two days’ workshop to raise awareness of gender-based violence. This workshop was organised as part of a series of planned activities during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Bethesaida which is a faith organisation with long history of campaigning against the ill-treatment to women and children from domestic to combat zones has organised the workshop in Bugesera district of Rwanda from the 26 - 27th of November 2013.

Local campaigner Pastor Shambembe R. Salomon has chosen a theme about “Educating a women is educating a whole nation" to crystallise the role of faith based organisation in promoting the Culture of Peace from family setting to communities.

Participants of mainly women had an opportunity to learn about gender-based violence and how the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons is fueling armed violence against women. This workshop has encouraged participants to become champion in building peaceful communities by rejecting all militarism ideologies. Women participants had an opportunity to understand in their local language some concepts such as understanding the meaning of violence, outline types of violence, signs of violence and measures of prevention.

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