UN Women, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to launch ‘Gender Cafés’ in Rwanda

On 23 October 2019 at 08:10

As the world prepares to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marking the beginning of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Rwanda will officially launch the ‘Gender Cafés’ programs under the theme of ‘Positive Masculinity’ in a bid to stimulate participants to reflect on the concept and how masculine attitudes and behaviors can contribute to gender inequality while raising awareness about their powerful role in changing the unequal status quo.

The first edition of the “Gender Cafes” will take place on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 from 3 to 6 pm at Park Inn by Radisson.

This official launch of the Gender Cafés in Rwanda will be followed by the second edition in December 2019 before becoming a quarterly gathering at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung offices in Nyarutarama, Kigali, starting 2020.

The Gender Cafés aim at achieving the following:

  • Engage diverse actors on real-life gender issues and stimulate dialogue and debate yielding to higher gender literacy
  • Introduce the latest research, emerging theory, and innovative tools and techniques that can be applied to foster positive masculinity in our communities.
  • Spark new ideas, new theories and social change strategies, and new networks that can lead to more impactful research, new forms of advocacy, the dissemination of innovative and effective practices, and to raise the profile of gender expertise in Rwanda and beyond.
  • Create a dynamic space for women and men to self-reflect, analyze and then voice their concerns while fostering a spontaneous dialogue where the conversation is controlled as much by the audience as it is by the presenters.

Gender Equality is gaining increased attention in societies, but despite progress in various sectors, historical and emerging forms of gender-based discrimination call for more innovative ways to address the sometimes hidden manifestations of gender inequalities.

Widely shared, hegemonic cultural beliefs about gender and their impact on social relations are among the core components that maintain and change the gender system. In order to progress and allow for a true equality, society needs to understand where they stem from.

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women is the United Nations entity working for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

For enquiries, contact Martha Wanjala at [email protected] or call on +250 789 054 095 or [email protected], +250 787 168 023.