Day 15: Rwanda Women Network, Rwanda
Rwanda Women Network (RWN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to empower Rwandan women economically and socially. In its belief that the legal, health, and socio-economic issues facing Rwandan women are intertwined, RWN has adopted a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal. The organization offers a variety of programs to reduce gender-based violence and maximize opportunities for Rwandan women—from establishing saving and credit cooperatives to encourage entrepreneurship to providing healthcare to those affected by HIV/AIDS and abuse.
RWN’s holistic approach speaks to its ambitious goal: the wholesale transformation of the lives of Rwandan women in their society, which they recognize will necessarily include Rwandan men. The organization’s communication tools and material reflect this belief. In one of their posters, RWN visually demonstrates how violence affects the entire community, not just the woman being abused. The message of the poster is clear: violence is not a singular, private issue; it’s a symptom of larger, more complex problem that the community must address collaboratively.
By focusing on and engaging the whole of Rwandan society, RWN spreads the message that the lives and roles of women must be reevaluated and ultimately changed on a variety of levels. Through their advocacy, healthcare, and economic empowerment programs, RWN is helping to challenge and change social norms surrounding gender-based violence. To learn more about RWN visit: http://www.rwandawomennetwork.org/. To view engaging communications material from organizations like RWN, visit the Communications X-Change.