Today Men and boys in Mahama refugee camp have wound up a sexual, Gender-based Violence campaign designed by Plan International Rwanda a local NGO.
The two day campaign was intended to equip Burundian refugees that are accommodated in the East Province with preventative skills that will help them fight sexual and gender-based violence the two main offenses identified in refugee camps.
The SGBV also includes the Prevention and Response to Child Protection.
Men and boys engaged in the SGBV are taught on how to handle family issues and to be gentle to their wives, this ii vicious passed on to others that could not attend the training sessions.
Plan International looks into negative cultural and masculinity norms and attitudes and tries to rather turn them into positive attitudes and norms that can help the refugees live together in harmony and equally participate in each every work.
Groups of men working with Plan International are called Imboneza.
Some of the refugees that have benefited from the campaign and education from the Imboneza groups say that they learned how to reconcile and live together by forgetting their past grudges with their wives.
One of the men that tried to accept changing their minds said, “We lived in separate rooms with my wife in Burundi. But we arrived in this camp and taught by Imboneza and Plan to be gentle and stay together. It got both of us together again,” a 42 year old anonymously said.
The NGO also fights to end child poverty in different countries around the world.