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Rwanda CSO SDG5 Forum weigh in on SDGs 2030 agenda in Rwanda post the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

In respect to the recently concluded HLPF2019, in August 2019, RWN convened a debrief and going forward session with a panel of CSOs and government representatives that participated at the HLPF2019 with the purpose of allowing a learning opportunity for Rwanda CSO SDG5 Forum members and other stakeholders interested in the HLPF process to follow up on the recommendations to Rwanda’s VNR report, as well as hear recommendations on how Rwanda will take forward the ILO convention on Ending Violence and harassment at the workplace.

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Making Your Challenges a Catalyst for Transformation

Lydia Busingye is a young woman who was kidnapped and subjected to sexual abuse at the age of thirteen. This tragedy left her with feelings of resentment, self-blame, low self-worth and confidence. As a result she felt discouraged to pursue her dreams of becoming a confident and effective leader someday.

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Cooking against Climate Change

On March 16, 2015, the United Nations issued a first tranche of over 6,500 carbon certificates under its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the Improved cook stoves programme for Rwanda that has, to date, provided over 14,000 households in Rwanda with affordable and energy efficient stoves.

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She matters – Inspire and promote her potential

Nyirabashumba Letitia is the second born in her family and she is 19 years old, she belongs to a family of 6 members, father, mother, 3 girls and 1 boy. She stays in Kayonza District, Kabarondo sector and Kabura cell, she completed senior three and had a training of tailoring.

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Men and Women are Equal

“I used to be in kitchen with my mom, sweep at home but my father was unhappy to find me doing it and I was beaten because of that and there was always arguments and fights between my mother and my father; my father was telling me that I will not be a real man because men are not supposed to do these activities, so I was only tasked to be in charge of cows.” Says Faustin Gatete.

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Nothing is impossible once empowered

When Aline reached in senior 2, she became pregnant and dropped out of school, her father and mother were already separated and she was living with her mother but she was mistreated and harassed for the situation. She later decided to go with her little sister to live with her father. “ life was not easy for me because it was just struggles, losing hope because of staying home, living with stress even if my father had accepted to stay with us.” Saya Aline

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‘You don’t need a title to be a leader’

Alphonsine Murebwayire lives in Kagitumba, Nyagatare district with her husband and six children. She has been working in the shed department at Garden Fresh Rwanda – a farm in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province which produces and exports fresh French beans— for the past two years as a cleaner. Currently, she is one of two advisors for the Gender Committee at the farm: a committee that was formed after a training on leadership.