Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is a national humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
This organization was introduced in 1997 after taking over from its parent organization the then US-based Church World Service (CWS), which had initiated a two-year program (from 1994 to 1996) in the Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.
Photo: RWN members
Rwanda Women Network now caters for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence across the country bearing in mind that women and children bore the brunt of the 1994 genocide, and remain the most vulnerable and marginalized groups within the Rwanda society.
RWN implements 3 basic programs:
- 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
The organization also offers appropriate training for the women in the respective program areas, with peace and reconciliation being the ultimate goal of all the above programs.
RWN’s other activities in support of its peace building programs are; constructing shelter and rehabilitation for the genocide survivors, returnees, widows, child-headed households and orphans. RWN participates in the community-based activities and projects concerning reproductive health, nutrition, primary health care, micro-credit finance and HIV/Aids awareness.
RWN goal is to empower poor women and widows in the rural and urban areas economically through competent financial and managerial systems, and structures that integrate to easily deliver credit to individuals and to foster economic and social growth within households and communities while promoting peace and unity.
RWN’s main target is to work towards improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs while their vision is to create a healthy, empowered and peaceful Rwandan society.