Rwandan women continue to bear the burden of most aspects of childcare, despite male involvement being essential for early childhood development, according to a new report launched in February 2021 by child-rights agency Save the Children.
The new report reveals that despite some awareness raising in Rwanda of the importance of men being more engaged in children’s lives, gender norms which encourage men to engage in paid work while women stay at home continue to prevail.
Save the Children’s home based recreational activities initiative has reached 435 children, including 265 girls and 170 boys, to date.
Since 2015, Save the Children has strived to protect and keep safe more than 31,000 children in Mahama Camp. In collaboration with UNHCR and MINEMA, Save the Children traces families and reunites them with their children in Rwanda and Burundi.
Save the Children does whatever it takes to protect children from harm. In Mahama Camp, Save the Children has provided child protection interventions and case management including family tracing and reunification for children at risk since 2015. As the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees continues, Save the Children has intensified its efforts and reunited 115 children in and outside the country.
In 2015, Burundian refugees fled to Rwanda and other countries in the region. Since then, Save the Children has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response protecting children from harm in Mahama Camp. In Kirehe District, Save the Children delivers child protection interventions and case management for at risk children including those involved in incidents of child neglect, physical abuse, sexual exploitation and child defilement. Most survivors of abuse need long-term solutions. Save the Children and its stakeholders meet in the best interest determination panel to discuss child abuse cases and response plan
In recognition of the potential for fathers and other male caregivers to positively contribute, Save the Children Rwanda, in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP),1 has commissioned this Rwanda-specific assessment to document factors, attitudes and behaviours inhibiting male engagement in early childhood development (ECD). The assessment aims to study both rural and urban settings to formulate recommendations for future integrated ECD programming, helping the Government of Rwanda, Save the Children and other ECD actors to develop programmes that better address certain potentially harmful social norms related to male involvement. The research sets out to produce tangible findings to inform actionable recommendations to promote male engagement in ECD – both through community-based services as well as within the household.