FVA works to promote the equal enjoyment of rights between men and women and end all forms of discrimination against women. We have over 10 years experience identifying and working with women, youth, orphans and persons with disabilities as these are our main target group.
Through the gender program, we have supported over 30,000 women by championing gender equality, preventing violence against women and promoting sexual reproductive health and rights education. FVA identifies gaps in the legal framework for gender equality and conduct advocacy to address the existing gaps. FVA identifies cultural norms that contribute to violence against women, supports women to understand and claim their rights as well as conduct training to local leaders and communities for them to understand, implement and uphold laws and policies that promote gender equality.
FVA is currently implementing the “Addressing sexual and reproductive health rights and gender based violence in Rwanda project (Speak Out) in partnership with Action Aid Rwanda. The project is being implemented in Karongi, Nyanza, Gisagara and Nyaruguru districts with funding from UK AID. The project seeks to train 6,560 Girls in SRHR, women’s rights, leadership, life skills and income generating activities, increasing their confidence and ability to become ‘change agents’. Safe spaces will offer support networks and 266 girl mentors will receive phones and training to report on VAWG and enable social media engagement. With local authorities and Police One Stop Centres, survivors of violence will receive psycho-social, logistical and referral support.Clubs, community activities and radio spots will engage with boys, men and community leaders to encourage critical thinking to shift social norms.Networking and training will improve Women’s Organisations advocacy, campaigning and encourage learning.