Kigali—On November 8th, 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Women for Women International launched a new, 2 year 620 Million RWF project to raise awareness about gender-based violence, and to aid gender-based violence prevention in Rwanda. The launch took place at Marriot Hotel and was attended by Mrs. Christian Umuhire, the director of family promotion and child protection in the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, the US Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman, other GOR officials, and civil society organizations.
The new USAID Twiceceka project will fight gender-based violence by providing technical assistance and resources to civil society organizations. In particular, 10 civil society organizations working in gender-based violence prevention and response will receive over three weeks days of structured capacity building on NGO Management and Operations, on Outreach and Cooperative Advocacy, and on Men’s Engagement.
In addition, a three day Gender Based Violence and Advocacy Mapping Conference was held just before the official launch to provide an opportunity for Government of Rwanda representatives and local organizations to share challenges and develop recommendations to improve coordination on fighting gender-based violence among civil society organizations and government institutions.
Moving forward, civil society organizations partnering with the USAID Twiceceka project can submit proposals to receive grants to further their work in the areas of in gender-based violence prevention and advocacy.
Women for Women International is an international organization committed to the social and economic empowerment of socially-excluded women. The organization has been working in Rwanda since 1997 and has served over 75,000 women with our transformative programs and support.