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ActionAid Rwanda joins ActionAid Federation Members in the Walk For SurvivalTuesday 1st Dec
Like other ActionAid Federation members, ActionAid Rwanda joined the Walk For Survival mobilization from 25th November 2020 - 10 December 2020.
ActionAid Rwanda decided to link activities related to “the Walk For Survival” with the 16 Days of Activism 2020 focusing on promoting Child Rights while Fighting Child Defilement and Teen Pregnancies due to the high incidences of teen pregnancies in Rwanda. ActionAid Rwanda focus was in line with “My Voice, My Right Against Sexual Abuse Campaign” already underway in Rwanda, which calls for more efforts and advocacy to tackle this issue.
To launch the Walk For Survival activities, we worked with communities (including women and young people we work with) as well as Local and National-level partners including the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), the National Women Council (NWC), the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) for peaceful walks against child defilement across AAR operation areas and the City of Kigali.
Our target number of people to mobilize for the Walk For Survival was 600, and gladly we reached this target, whereby as of 10 December 2020, a total of 608 people had been mobilized and took part in the Walk For Survival activities in Rwanda.
Besides, we have walked 1847.8 kilometers which surpasses our target distance of 1,000 kilometers.
I. AAR launch of the Walk for Survival and 16 Days of Activism 2020
ActionAid Rwanda partnered with the Local Administration in the District where we work to launch the 16 Days of Activism 2020 jointly with the Walk for Survival on 25 November 2020 in Murundi Sector of Karongi District, Kibilizi Sector of Gisagara District as well as Nyanza District. We also conducted a hike on 27 November 2020 on Mount Kigali in the City of Kigali, as well as on Mount Nyamuremure located in Musanze District.
As part of the 16 Days of Activism 2020 and Walk For Survival launch, we conducted peaceful matches in Karongi, Gisagara and Nyanza Districts aimed at community awareness on the community’s role to end teen pregnancies in Rwanda. We also joined the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, the National Women Council, and partners in a walk to denounce Gender-Based Violence in Gasabo District.
After the peaceful matches, ActionAid Rwanda and partners held discussions with communities from across the above-mentioned Districts on mechanisms to halt GBV and child defilement, including GBV prevention and reporting channels.
The theme for the 16 Days of Activism 2020 at National level is “Let us build a family free of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)”. Therefore, our Walk For Survival was focusing on advocating for innovative strategies to end teenage pregnancies and raise community awareness on their role to end teen pregnancies in Rwanda.
II. Close of the Walk for Survival and 16 Days of Activism 2020
As part of the 16 Days of Activism 2020 and Walk For Survival close out on 10 December 2020, AAR staff conducted peaceful walks in Musanze District and Kicukiro District of Kigali City to denounce child defilement and teen pregnancies. Through social media engagements, we also advocated for innovative strategies to halt child defilement and teen pregnancies in Rwanda.
III. Number of people mobilized for the Walk For Survival
Our target number of people to mobilize for the Walk For Survival was 600, and gladly we reached this target, whereby as of 10 December 2020, a total of 608 people had been mobilized and took part in the Walk For Survival activities in Rwanda. These include:
· 3 participants including 2 AAR staff did a run in the City of Kigali, as part of the Car Free Day on 15 November 2020,
· 1 AAR staff did a run in the City of Kigali on 22 November 2020
· 350 participants in Murundi Sector, Karongi District and 70% of them were women (on 25 November 2020)
· 200 participants in Kibilizi Sector, Gisagara District and 72% of them were women (on 25 November 2020),
· 20 AAR staff participated in the hike on Mount Kigali, City of Kigali on 27 November 2020, and engaged with 10 communities on their role in ending child defilement and teen pregnancies,
· 2 AAR staff participated in the hike on Mount Nyamuremure, in Musanze District on 27 November 2020,
· 20 AAR staff participated in a walk in Kicukiro District, Kigali City on 10 December 2020,
· 2 AAR staff participated in a walk in Kinigi Sector, in Musanze District on 10 December 2020.
Number of kilometers walked
Our target distance goal was 1,000 Kms, and gladly as of 10 December 2020 we had reached 1847.8 Kms which surpasses our target distance.
I. Number of funds raised
Target funds that we had expected to raise was 1,000 $ (1$ per km walked). However, this being a new initiative, we focused more on mobilizing supporters to participate in the walks as a contribution to the walk for survival and taking sides with GBV survivors.
II. Outcomes from the Walk For Survival in Rwanda
Bellow are outcomes from the “Walk For Survival” and 16 DoA activities in Rwanda:
- Enhanced community awareness on the community’s role in fighting against child defilement and ending teen pregnancies,
- ActionAid’s profile raised through walks, community engagements and social media engagements.
- Enhanced advocacy on the need to devise innovative strategies to end child defilement and teenage pregnancies.Share