Gender balance is still a controversy between men and women in Gakenke district with men saying it interferes with their rights and women saying it gives them much power over men.
Men say gender balance gives their rights and powers to women who in turn mistreat them and women feel strong enough to walk over their husbands neglecting their traditional roles as women.
PPIMA and ADTS training
For this misunderstandings to cleared, a lot of sensitization programs need to be put in place and teachings involving the contribution of every one especially churches leaders, local leaders and different associations.
In a one day training that was prepared by ADTS and PPIMA about children rights, gender balance issue was brought to light. The training also discussed about the mistreatment of children rights especially on education where children are made to do physical labour instead of attending schools.
It was also highlighted in this training that some children don’t have names due to parents’ carelessness and not registering them in the registration book at the sectors on time and now it necessitates going for the courts of laws for the children to have their rights and be registered.
People who attended this training say that such training and more sensitization programs about their rights are needed and can be done through community work and meetings in villages and cells.