YWCA Rwanda celebrated this year’s international Women’s day in Kageyo cell, Mwili Sector in Kayonza District. The event that took place on 8th March 2017 was organized in partnership with Kayonza District and National Women Council. Mwili is one of the six sectors where YWCA in partnership with Global Communities are implementing the USAID/Twiyubake program that aims at assisting the most vulnerable children and households in Kayonza District most of whom are women. The event whose main theme focused on fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV) brought together over 200 participants among which 67 were USAID Twiyubake program beneficiaries. In partnership with Isange One Stop Center, 5 GBV victims were identified and given goats as consolation and a seed of life growth. The District also gave some clothes to the poor women.

YWCA Rwanda program manager Mr. SIBOMANA Jean Pierre expressed the organization’s commitment to support vulnerable women especially through the USAID Twiyubake program. He noted that the program will support more than 4,000 households and 15,000 individuals in Kayonza District in economic strengthening, food security, WASH, Early Childhood Development among others. He urged all participants to play a role in empowering women in the community.

Several leaders urged women and men to work hand in hand to fight GBV. Women showcased their talents, like making handcrafts, singing, molding clays, farming, and also how they take care of their children and families in battling against malnutrition in the children. Women were also encouraged to put more efforts in increasing production in the District working hand in hand with men. The day was successful and so educative. It gave respect and honor to women without marginalizing men.