Rwanda Women's Network, Kigali, Rwanda
|Rwanda Women's Network, Kigali, Rwanda|
|Street address:||Kicukiro (next to World Food Program Headquarters)
PO Box 3157
|Location coordinates:||1° 57' 0" S, 30° 3' 32" E|
|Executive Director:||Mary Balikungeri|
|Contact number:||(250) 83662|
|Organization type:||National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)|
|Sectors:||Economic Empowerment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Microfinance, Reproductive Health, Violence Against Women|
The Rwanda Women's Network is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is a national humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs. The Network came into being in 1997 taking over from its parent organisation, the US-based Church World Service (CWS), which had initiated a two-year program (from 1994 to 1996) in the country following the 1994 genocide.
To date, RWN caters to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence across the country in the recognition that women and children bore the brunt of the genocide, and remain the most vulnerable and marginalised groups within Rwanda civil society.
The Rwanda Women’s Network implements three core programs. These include provision of health care and support, education and awareness programs on human rights and legal procedures, socio-economic empowerment and institutional capacity building for the Rwanda Women’s Network. It offers appropriate training for the women in the respective program areas, with peace and reconciliation being the ultimate goal of all its programs.
Other activities to support its peace building programs are shelter construction and rehabilitation of the survivors of the genocide, returnees to Rwanda, inclusive of old and new cases, widows, child-headed households and orphans. Included in the community-based activities are projects in reproductive health, nutrition, primary health care, micro-credit finance and HIV/Aids awareness.
Vision: Rwandan Women Community Development Network's vision is for a healthy, empowered and peaceful Rwandese society.
Mission: Rwandan Women Community Development Network's mission is to work towards improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
- To economically empower poor women and widows in the rural and urban areas through competent financial and managerial systems, and structures that integrate to easily deliver credit to individuals
- To foster economic and social growth within households and communities.
- To promote peace and reconciliation.