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WPF Rwanda celebrated International Women’s Day

Musambira, Kamonyi District: Women Progress Family (WPF Rwanda), a youth led organization dedicated to women’s empowerment, celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) with enthusiasm in Musambira of Kamonyi district. The event took place on Wednesday, March 08, 2024, brought together stakeholders, volunteers, and community members to commemorate the achievements of women and empower young mothers in the region.

WPF Personnel posing for a picture of the day

Inspired by the vision of its leadership in its 5 years strategic plan, led by the efforts of the WPF Operations personnel and supported by a committed team of staff, internees and volunteers as well as direct beneficiaries from the Single Mothers Empowerment Project (SMEP), the event demonstrated the organization’s commitment to gender equality promotion and community development.

WPF Personnel demonstrating how balanced diet is prepared

The day began with a focus on promoting improved nutrition through balanced diet cooking demonstration and overall health among children and their mothers, particularly young and teen mothers. Cooking demonstrations were held to educate participants on the importance of a balanced diet, while community health workers collaborated with the team to measure the weight and height of children, providing insights into their growth and development.

CHW and WPF Personnel measuring the heights of children

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.  

WPF Personnel measuring the weight of children

As IWD gives focus to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women, equal pay, equal opportunities and equal rights to participate in social, political and developmental matters, young mothers were encouraged to participate in social actions that may affect their lives including decision making processes.

Children and mothers enjoying balanced diet prepared for them

As the event progressed, the stakeholders received a session about the role of hygiene and sanitation through handwashing, for the mother and child as a crucial parameter to improve the child’s health.

Ines Nezerwa WPF Operation Manager addressing empowering message to the young mothers

Pierre Claver NYANDWI the WPF’s Head of Program and Communication took the stage to inform the present mothers of the significance of IWD around the world and the role of women in our community. Stressing on this year them, he confirmed that “investing in women is accelerating the progress”. Empowering messages were shared, encouraging teen mothers who had dropped out of school to reconsider how they can pursue their dreams and strive for a better future through education as well as those who have keen eyes for business to not lose their time and start with small investment by using available local resources.

Pierre Claver addressing the session to the stakeholders

Special guests from local authorities graced the occasion, offering good insights and constructive feedback on the importance of women’s rights and advocating for the social well-being of women and their children. They emphasized the need for collective action in advancing gender equality and urged everyone to play their part in creating a more inclusive society.

Local authority representative addressing to the stakeholders insights of the day

The event served as a platform for inspiration, empowerment, and community engagement, reaffirming WPF Rwanda’s dedication to promote women’s rights and increase change in the area. As the day came to a close, participants left with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to continue championing the cause of gender equality in their communities.

All stakeholders posing to the photo of the day

Women Progress Family organization, is a local nonprofit and non-governmental organization which operate in Rwanda since September 2019 during COVID-19 and is currently serving women and rural girls in different projects in 8 districts of southern province of Rwanda. Where its project focus on social well-being, women empowerment, education and livelihood. They celebrate IWD as it gives focus to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women

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