Faith Victory Association (FVA) and Action Aid Rwanda (AAR) through strengthening the effectiveness of women organizations’ advocacy to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and to fight Gender-Based Violence “Amplify Change Project” have strengthened the capacity of 30 Women Rights Organizations (WROs) representatives on social media skills.
The two days communication workshop has attracted 30 representatives from 15 WRO from the districts of Karongi in the Western Province, Musanze in the Northern Province and Gisagara in Southern Province.
The objective of the training was to equip WROs with theoretical and practical skills in creating and using social media for SRHR education and GBV education.
Training Participants during group work presentation
The training is expected to result the quick dissemination of activities, increasing visibility of organizations and to use social media to interact with key partners. Participants acknowledge the significance of the training.
“The training was fruitful ; we got theoretical and practical knowledge and mostly the use of Twitter. Befor these training most of us were not having twitter accounts but all of us were able to open twitter account and sharing some information. Another important lesson was to know about the use of social media in activism activities.” Cecile Niyongira, one of the workshop participants said.
Bazihana Fidѐle is a 71 years old representing Commission Justice et Paix in the training has been considering social media as the technology for the youth only. However, social media skills training has changed his mindset.
71 years old Bazihana, the second from the left side attests to buy smart phone to start using social media
“I have been disqualifying myself from the use of social media but after the training, I have discovered that everyone can use the social media to promote her or his activities. From now I have decided to own a smart phone and try to get connected with the whole world, for the promotion of what we are doing and to use these social media to educate SRHR and for GBV prevention advocacy.” Bazihana revealed
Participants attentively follow conversation on action plan
Strengthening the Effectiveness of women Organizations’ advocacy to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and to fight Gender-Based Violence project is implemented by FVA and AAR under the funding from Amplify Change.