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Preventing gender-based violence in Rwanda

Prevention of sexualised and gender-based violence

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2021 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Governance and democracy


Sexualised and gender-based violence (SGBV) – in psychological, physical, economic or sexualised form – is still widespread in Rwanda. 56 per cent of Rwandan women have experienced violence in their life.

The Rwandan government has introduced measures and structures in the country to curb violence. However, improving services for those affected by violence and making them accessible poses challenges. Furthermore, awareness-raising campaigns need to address the transformation of traditional norms, to which SGBV is often linked.


Rwandan state and non-state actors implement measures that prevent SGBV in line with international quality standards.


The project promotes SGBV prevention measures and services that focus on those affected and their rights and mitigate structural inequalities.

It concentrates on three fields of action:

It develops coordination structures and competencies in the Rwandan Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) by providing digital solutions and advice. The project garners successful approaches that prevent SGBV, which are made available to the actors concerned.

Together with consulting firm Syspons, the project collects data in five Rwandan districts. The data show the availability and quality of services – for example, legal advice or psychological support for those affected by SGBV. The aim is to expand existing services in two districts and include innovative approaches.

The project also develops information and makes it easily accessible, so that the Rwandan population receives comprehensive information regarding SGBV and available support. This includes a chatbot, which can also be used without a smartphone, and brochures written in easy-to-understand language. Civil society partners Haguruka and Health Development Initiative provide support with this.

Last update: August 2023

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