Gender Empowerment Program
The program has been set up to address problems of gender imbalance and to promote gender equality initiatives.Frequently girls are underperforming in schools, particularly in science and related subjects. In Rwanda, young girls are often burdened with duties at home, such as cooking and caring for younger siblings. In extreme cases, girls can be forced to drop out of school for domestic work. Girls also suffer from a culturised inferiority complex and weakness in decision making. The Gender Empowerment program includes also a component of sexual education in young people. Following are some of the main activities conducted in the framework of the gender empowerment program:
1. The Gender Workshop: The main activity of the Gender Empowerment Program is to hold an annual 2 days workshop aimed to empower and educate young people from the secondary schools of the southern province about gender equality and HIV/AIDS. During the workshop, outstanding speakers and facilitators lead a series of seminars on a number of key topics, related to sexual health and empowerment of women.Other activities of the gender workshop include discussion sessions , drama and Cultural exchange. The information given in the workshop is supported by an accompanying information pack, given in the form of a magazine, which provides written information on all the topics discussed in the workshop. When the students are back to their respective schools we recommend them to establish the Anti-HIV AIDS clubs and gender. The clubs are followed up by SCYI volunteers to help them spread the knowledge acquired during the workshop.
2. Educational visit and Follow-up of Gender workshop: In the framework of the pyramid workshop follow-up, volunteers of SCYI visit Anti-HIV/AIDS clubs and gender clubs in the secondary schools of Huye, Gisagara and Nyanza Districts. The clubs serve as an environment for the content of the workshop to be transmitted to more youth by peer education. The clubs operate by designing performances of song, dance and poetry in their free time, which are delivered to the rest of the school students. The Educational visit and follow-up are necessary in order to prepare and improve the next workshop and it is also an opportunity for the youth to ask questions they may have related to the topics covered in the previous workshop.