There is no universal definition of Gender-based violence (GBV), but it typically includes physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual violence perpetrated against a person’s will, including rape, abuse, harassment, intimate partner violence, forced marriage/prostitution/abortion, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation((FGM).
Period Poverty or the inability to afford period products intensifies Gender-Based Violence in many ways; It stops Girls living in poverty from going to school and putting them more at risk of entering child marriages. Children who are a product of child marriages are less likely to receive an education. Also, these children have a higher chance of living in extreme poverty. Furthermore, women and girls living in poverty are more vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Through Public School Campaign in Rwanda we are offering training to boys and girls between 13-20 years old to equip them with the knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, to Break menstrual Stigma, Fight against period poverty and teen pregnancies; TO STOP GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND TO ADVOCATE FOR VULNERABLE ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND SUPPORT THEM WITH PERIOD PRODUCTS.
Also through the Women Development Program, we offer financial literacy training and provide women with start up kits to help them start their own small businesses.
Supporting this cause will be a great contribution to a better future generation, especially to the girl child, Women, and the community in general.