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01 August 2018

Working with Couples to Prevent IPV - Indashyikirwa in Rwanda

Additional Info

  • VAWG themes: VAWG & Economic Empowerment, VAWG & Social Norms
  • Country: Rwanda
  • Author: Erin Stern, Lori Heise and Lyndsay Mclean
  • Date of publication: August 2018

The Indashyikirwa programme in Rwanda was implemented over four years (2014-2018) by CARE Rwanda International, Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre, and Rwanda Women’s Network, in rural Rwanda. The programme aimed to reduce IPV, shift social norms and attitudes condoning violence, and provide more empowering responses to survivors.

This practice brief highlights lessons learned from the Indashyikirwa programme on working with couples to prevent IPV. These include the need to design a culturally appropriate curriculum with content that is relevant and appropriate for the target community, and recruit skilled male and female facilitators who over a prolonged period of time can build a rapport with and equip couples with the skills to build healthy, non-violent relationships.

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