This 12 page brief lays out lessons learned from CARE's learning intiative on Engaging Men and Boys.
CARE originally established an office in Burundi in 1994 to help people affected by civil unrest. Our initial program focused on the distribution of emergency supplies to internally displaced people and returning refugees in the northern part of the country.
During the following years of upheaval within the Great Lakes region, CARE Burundi managed refugee camps inside the country and across the border in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After successfully conducting democratic elections, Burundi’s new government has many challenges, not only that of rebuilding both infrastructure and the economy but also rebuilding governance structures and a climate of trust amongst the population.
Post-war, we support civil society and in particular women to take a more active role in moving Burundi towards peace and economic security.
Seruka or “Don’t Hide,” is an organization in Bujumbura, Burundi, that provides confidential medical support for survivors of sexual violence and psychological and social support for them and their families.
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Seruka or “Don’t Hide,” is an organization in Bujumbura, Burundi, that provides confidential medical support for survivors of sexual violence and psychological and social support for them and their families. Seruka also assists with connecting survivors with legal advocates, and provides medical evidence of assaults for legal prosecutions.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
It all started with one man who beat his wife. Week after week, he hit her, yelled at her and humiliated her. But nothing changed. He didn’t feel better; he felt worse.
He wanted to change. But he was nervous. What would his friends think? If he treated his wife like an equal, what would that say about his masculinity, his role in the household and his status in his community?
Marie-Goreth, 18, has never been to school. She cannot read or write. She wakes in the morning to walk almost one hour to a field where her family grows rice and sweet potatoes. After returning home from laboring in the fields all day, Marie-Goreth, who has nine brothers, prepares the family's meals lunch and dinner, fetches water, gathers firewood and helps her mother tend to her younger siblings. But none of that slows Marie-Goreth's ambition to improve her life and the lives of those around her.
Jacqueline Ntunzwenimana, 21, is a seamstress who operates her business out of her home in Musaga, Burundi. Jacqueline was able to start her business with a loan she acquired through her solidarity group's microfinance activities as part of CARE's ISHAKA program.