Rwanda CSO SDG5 Forum


Background of the CSO SDG5 Forum

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted during the 70th United Nations General Assembly comprises of a set of 17 goals addressing cross cutting sectors that aim towards the realization of sustainable development globally: economic prosperity, social welfare, political development and environmental sustainability. With its broad inputs, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development opens access and inclusivity to ensure no one is left behind and that all development actors are collectively engaged during implementation.

In line with the 2030 global agenda, a seven year government programme was launched in 2017; the National Strategy for Transformation (NST 1/2017-2024). The NST1 promotes socio-economic transformation that is inclusive particularly of the marginalized groups such as women and youths. It emphasizes on improvement of standards and quality of life through three pillars; economic, social and governance. The broadness of the 2030 global agenda and the NST1 provide comprehensive strategies to address the low socio-economic status of women and gender inequality.

Informed by this background, 28 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened a workshop from 29th of November – 1 December 2017 to learn and share on the global and national plan in accordance to the 2030 agenda on SDGs. The key deliberations of the meeting included;

  • the acknowledgement of gender inequality as a persistent factor affecting inclusive development and as a result perpetuating issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), unpaid care work, low socio-economic status of women,  under representation of women in leadership in position, gender corruption within the workplace etc
  • the pertinent need to make SDG Goal 5 on Women’s empowerment and Gender equality an underlying theme in the diverse focus areas of the CSOs.
  • the need for CSOs to collectively participate in the national SDG implementation processes in order to engage and advocate on the diverse issues through an informal but effective structure.

The SDG Goal 5 was therefore adopted as the crosscutting theme of the forum as it tackles diverse developmental issues; thus the name Rwanda CSO SDG5 Forum.

The Rwanda CSO SDG 5 Forum seeks to strengthen CSOs engagement on SDGs through promoting general understanding of the SDGs and engendering ongoing integration and implementation processes into the national agenda. The initiative will promote collaboration among development actors to advance various issues such as environmental sustainability, clean energy, education, food security, health including sexual and reproductive health and rights, poverty eradication, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and address inequalities.

Forum Members List 2019

  1. Action Aid
  2. ADTS (Association pour le Développement et la Transformation Sociale )
  4. ARBEF
  5. Benishyaka
  6. CARE Rwanda
  10. Family Magazine
  11. Governance for Africa
  12. Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights Development
  13. Haguruka
  14. Health Developments Initiative (HDI)
  15. Human Rights First Rwanda Association
  16. Legal Aid Forum
  17. Never Again Rwanda
  18. Pax Press
  19. Poor Women Development Network (PWDN)
  20. Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe
  21. Réseau des Femmes Ouevrant Pour Developpement Rural
  23. Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW)
  24. Rwanda Development Organization (RDO)
  25. Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN)
  26. Transparency International Rwanda
  27. Tubibe Amahoro
  28. Umuryango Nyarwanda w’Abagore Bafite Ubumuga (UNABU)
  29. Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)