The Indashyikirwa Couples Intervention to Prevent VAW in Rwanda
Erin Stern will present an overview of Indashyikirwa, a community IPV prevention programme that was implemented by CARE Rwanda, Rwanda Women’s Network, and Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) in rural Rwanda from August 2014-August 2018.
There are four main components to the programme: (1) Intensive participatory training with couples (Couples’ Curriculum); (2) Community-based activism with a sub-set of trained couples; (3) Direct support to survivors of IPV through women’s safe spaces; and (4) Training and engagement of opinion leaders.
The Indashyikirwa programme was rigorously evaluated as part of the DFID-UK funded What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme.
For this webinar, Erin will share how the qualitative evaluation research informed and strengthened Indashyikirwa, including adaptation processes from evidence-based programmes like SASA!, drawing on social norms that can condone or work against IPV, and responding to beneficiary feedback.
Erin will also share some of the emerging lessons learned through the qualitative research around how and why the programme worked to prevent and respond to IPV.