Shamsi Kazimbaya, an official with Mencare+ Bandebereho project under RWAMREC said that culture plays a big role in preventing men from embracing reproductive health programs.
“This is because culture restricted some chores to women and others to men. However, men should take responsibility where necessary to promote gender equality for instance a man can take a child to the health centre if the mother is away”, she narrated.
MenCare+ is a global fatherhood campaign aimed at promoting men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being and gender equality.
“The main factor is culture that makes it look as if the life of a baby and its mother does not concern a man. We need to change that attitude though it will be a gradual process,” she noted.
Theophilla Nyiransabimana, a nurse at Coko health centre also said that though men need sensitization, some women should change the attitude.
Training on reproductive health was organised by RWAMREC
“There are women who stop their husbands from doing some chores or accompanying them to public places, claiming people will say those women bewitched husbands,” she lamented
Family planning is crucial not only for individual and family development, but also for the development of the country as a whole, affecting on the way global development.
Participants promised to sensitise residents especially men on helping their wives with home responsibilities. Health workers in Nyaruguru are called on to sensitise men on embracing reproductive health and family planning for the families’ development.
The call was made during the training of health workers on family planning and reproductive health at health centres in Nyaruguru district. The training was organised by Men care +Bandeberaho, a project under RWAMREC
This comes after research carried out showed that most men do not embrace reproductive health, family planning and accompanying their wives for maternity checkups.
Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) is a non-government organization with the aim to address issues of negative masculinity, gender inequality, promotion of healthy families, women’s rights and prevention of gender-based violence, thus addressing all other related consequences including HIV/AIDS and other health issues