We’re excited to be part of launching a new local NGO in Rwanda called Women GAIN Rwanda.
Women GAIN Rwanda is a result of an apprenticeship program named Intwari Women which was a pilot project by Global GAIN for the graduates of Davis College, former Akilah Institute For Women.
The apprenticeship started in September 2020 expected to last for only three months to accomplish four hundred hours required as one of the academic requirements for graduation. Intwari Women first cohort was made up of 13 young Rwandan women and it is a student-led program. The participants enjoyed the program and it was extended up to 12 months and received certificates upon the completion of the program.
The program had changed the participants' lives in different aspects and had opened their eyes to real life experiences they had not encountered before. At first we thought of welcoming and training other young women and making an annual project. Ideas from different people including our donors triggered us to rethink about this and we decided to form a local non profit organization which will be based in Kigali and will have the “Intwari Women” as one of its projects.
The organization ’s name is Women GAIN Rwanda. GAIN stands for Gender Advocates, Initiatives, and Networks and the organization will build all of these. The mission is promoting women's leadership, networks and programs that connect them, building leadership through their involvement, and realizing their dreams as women on social challenges in the community.
Women GAIN program objectives are training and practical experience on:
- Professional Development
- Communications & Marketing
- Political Leadership with a focus on women in public office. (Rwanda is well known for their highest percentage of women in parliament but has few programs for young women to learn about running for office.
- Civic Leadership & Change making: Public Policy
- Global Citizenship, Democracy & Human Rights
- Campaign & Program planning
- Feminism, & Gender Equality
Global GAIN will keep supporting Women GAIN in its different projects and this is why Global GAIN is doing this fundraising page for Women GAIN. Your support today can help a woman change her life forever.