New $3 million Project to Empower Rwandan women

International humanitarian body, Action Aid Rwanda, has launched a $3 million women empowerment project aimed at increasing income for women as well as advocating for their rights, reports The New Times.

The five-year project is dubbed ‘‘Funding New Leadership and Opportunities for Women 2’’ (FLOW) and was launched last Friday in Kigali during an event that convened various stakeholders from donors, government institutions, civil society private sector and beneficiaries of the project.

The project will be implemented in five districts: Nyanza, Gisagara and Nyaruguru in the Southern Province, Musanze in Northern Province, as well as Karongi in the Western Province.

The project is focusing on the empowerment of women at households and community levels by raising their awareness about their rights, training them in processing, packaging and market accessing methodologies. It looks to widen women’s income base while increasing their economic participation through helping them have access to productive resources and reliable markets, as well as reducing the time they spend on unpaid care work so that they may have more time to engage in profitable business.

Country director of Action Aid Rwanda, Josephine Uwamariya, noted that women play a significant role in agriculture with up to 80% of food production done by them and the project will help to highlight this.

“We want to make sure that the time spent by women on unpaid care work is reduced so that they will have more free time to engage in social, economic and political activities,” she said.

According to Anatole Uwiragiye, the projects manager at Action Aid Rwanda, under this project women will receive agricultural provisions in form of quality seeds, animals as well as training them in leadership skills for effective participation in meetings so that they play a role in community decision making.

“Action Aid will work with local government to make sure these women are supported. For example we shall advocate for increased budgetary allocation for interventions proven to reduce time the women spend on unpaid work,” he said.

According to him, the project will help link women to alliances, networks and coalitions at local and national levels to help them develop and implement advocacy plans of demanding for their rights.

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