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Dear, my bold idea for 2009 for women's empowerment, I am trying to raise women to know first of all who they are, some time they accept to be treated badly because they accept that they are weak, what we are going to do this year is to go there to the local communities and tell women that they are capable of changing their situation themselves by changing the mentalities starting by themselves to men: for example here in Rwanda they are some proverbs that denies women , that was the tradition , now women are capable, you know that we are in poor country where there are some who do no know to read and write, sensitization of women emancipation is done through radio and there some who do not have radios, in order to reach all categories of women, we are going to use theaters, playing roles of any situation of women you know and perform them to underground community, and make dvd to those who are busy. We will use the strategy of asking house to house women by asking them , what they can think be important to be done so that they situation can be changed .We will start by healing their spirit after I know that they will be able to manage other things

Happy new year to all of you
Best wishes and regards from Rwanda


jadefrank's picture

Happy New Year to you Charlotte!

Hi Charlotte,

Your idea is wonderful and so very BOLD! I agree that when empowering women, you must start with allowing one to realize who they are - and the possibilities of who they want to become. As women, we are born with an inner-strength, though because of society, not every woman realizes that. So it's not just to empower women, but to educate men so they can begin to create an environment where women are more free to empower themselves! Yes, yes, yes! I especially like the idea of using theaters to reach women who have no access to radios. You are so BOLD!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Theater is a powerful tool


I am inspired by your BOLD IDEA. Thank you for sharing. Have you started it yet? I am anxious for details. And pictures!

I have a strong image of you going house to house and listening to wives, mothers, sisters, daughters. Then, these women you meet bringing their husbands, brothers, sons, fathers with them to the theater. And everyone is irrevocably changed for the better. The women are more confident. The men are more considerate and compassionate.

Theater is a powerful tool to break down cultural barriers and educate men, and women, in a way that is palatable. Good luck. Keep us updated.

All my support and love,

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

dkzi's picture

Go Charlotte,I will support you!

Dear Charlotte,
I will agree with you that cultural interpretations many times posed a gender barrier and education of men and women in Rwanda is going a long way to change that in our society!
I love your boldness,please do it the theatre way and surely nothing will stop you,
Best wishes,

JaniceW's picture

This may be of interest

Charlotte, the above journal entry might be of interest to you. It talks about a Nottingham University project in the U.K. has turned banana waste into an efficient fuel source. The emphasis of the project was on developing a simple technology that can be used in developing countries without the need for a large financial outlay. The fuel bricks are made by hand without needing any mechanical equipment.

Gathering wood for fuel is a time consuming job, mainly done by women who sometimes have to walk over six hours a day to get firewood. They are hoping that this banana fuel might help reduce dependence on wood as an energy source across Africa. They say that they are happy to give the idea away for free and are encouraging people who want to use the idea to get in touch.

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