Dec 6, 2010

Men in Burundi Help Empower Women


Men are helping empower women in Burundi by changing their own behavior particularly towards their wives, and by encouraging other men to do the same. These men are called “Abatangamuco,” or “those who shed light” in Kirundi, the local language. Many of them go from drinking heavily, beating their wives, not participating in household chores, and selling their wives’ belongings to helping around the house, staying sober, and supporting their wives. They also talk to other men in their communities and encourage them to start behaving similarly. CARE supports the initiative and has reported successes. Women in Burundi are also starting to support one another and have managed to elect a number of female candidates to office. An important part of the Life for Mothers model is the empowerment of women to make decisions and the involvement of men to give them freedom to act upon these decisions. We applaud the Abatangamuco and hope that such efforts will be replicated elsewhere. Read the full article:

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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