Participants appreciate the refresher on SRH organized by IMRO

Participants appreciate the refresher on SRH organized by IMRO

Ihorere Munyarwanda (IMRO) has organized training gathering almost 30 Civil Societies, working in Reproductive Health to gain refreshment on the rights of Key populations and other vulnerable people affected by SRH stereotypes.

SRH is Sexual Reproductive Health.

Participants who managed to attend three days, they never hesitated to express how fruitful and contributing the training was.

Nyiranzeyimana Joyeuse works Réseau des Femmes Oeuvrant pour le Développement Rural

“I have acquired much in this three-day training. I have learned a lot about LGBT, the status of those who practice transgender, before attending this training I was a bit confused.

I thought gays and lesbians might have mental disorder, thanks to this training, I was able to differentiate them from people who have mental impairments, as it is scientifically proven that they were born with such sexual orientation feeling” She testified adding that the society should welcome them as they are and community should know that they deserve human rights as any other human being.

“In our society, we judge them as people who are out of social and culture norms, others consider them as mentally disturbed people, but I have to tell them to change their mindset towards this Key population group, their sexual orientation is not their choice but it is the attitude and character they were born with” She added

After distinguishing the innate character with artificial one, the society will know how LGBT deserve their rights and how they should be treated fairly.

Legal rights on Sexual Reproductive Health…..

According to Joyeuse “ The training has shed light on safe abortion which is still a big issue in our society. I was able to get clear explanation of five stages of permissible safe abortion.

“I really did not know there is sexual reproductive health law” She said

About a hot topic on whether Rwandan government should allow LGBT people to legally marry, Joyeuse said “ I think it would take some time to legalize this issue. There would be some cultural perspectives, let us first of understand these people and legalize their marital rights after”

She recommends that this refreshment should be   organized frequently because it hugely contributes to their knowledge. For many occasions people are abused, violated, discriminated against and remain silent due to ignorance of laws that can defend them.

Munyeshuri Jean Donald, representative and chairman of COPORWA organization that advocates for “Abasigajwe inyuma n’amateka” marginalized people  widely known as “Batwa”

“There is a group of people, we usually exclude such as sex workers, LGBT people as well as people with disabilities. I have learnt that there are Sexual Reproductive Health laws that defend the mentioned people and that they have the human rights as any other person in the country” He said

“But we still have a long journey to walk. We request the government to increase the awareness of those laws within the community, many people are not aware of sexual reproductive health law yet it was enacted since 2016, mainly for abasigajwe inyuma n’amateka community, who are left a bit behind compared to other Rwandan communities” He added

He went on saying that “You may find like three or five family members of this community  living in the same house, this increase the child birth rate and incestuous acts which should be avoided once they get enough knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health laws and rights, including condom usage and safe abortion”

Bananawe Aimable, IMRO Coordinator appreciated the participants contribution throughout three days of training and pledged to continue working with them and following up on how they are putting into practice the acquired knowledge in their respective Organizations.

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