Rwanda Women Network
Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is a humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women and their communities in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
The Network came into being in 1997 taking over from its parent organization, the US-based Church World Service (CWS), which had initiated a two-year program (1994 – 1996) in the country following the genocide in 1994.
To date, RWN’s target group includes: survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide, victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as other vulnerable groups including poor and vulnerable women, children and people living with HIV/Aids. Overall, the RWN supports and works with over 52 grassroots associations and cooperatives that cater to over 4,000 people each within their communities in thirteen districts in Rwanda.
The Network’s vision is for a healthy, empowered and peaceful Rwandese society.
RWN’s mission is to work towards improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
- To economically empower poor women and widows in the rural and urban areas through competent financial and managerial systems
- To foster economic and social growth within households and communities
- To improve health status of women and children
- To promote peace and reconciliation