Eirene Funded Project

Promoting Positive Socio-Cultural Practices in Rural Communities

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Under one of the organization’s strategic objectives on contributing to the reduction of socio-cultural practices that cause gender inequalities, Action for Development (ACFODE) in partnership with EIRENE – International Christian Service for Peace and with support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is implementing a project titled: Promoting Positive Socio-Cultural Practices in Rural Communities in Kisoro District.


33 months (October 2015 – June 2018)


The project is being implemented in Kisoro District, in the Sub-Counties of: Busanza, Kirundo, Nyakabande and Nyarusiza.


The project aims to empower local communities to exercise and promote gender-responsive socio-cultural practices.


  • Recognition of harmful socio-cultural practices as a violation of women’s and girls’ rights by relevant social actors, rights holders and duty bearers
  • Increased number of women and girls actively participating in community activities and local decision making processes
  • A critical mass of boys and men reached with information and models of gender responsive socio cultural practice
  • Increased number of formal and informal institutions establishing mechanisms and championing gender responsive socio-cultural practices
  • Adaptation of positive sociocultural practices by community members, including positive


  • Assessment to verify harmful and positive socio-cultural practices in the target Sub-Counties and Validation Meeting on the findings
  • Launch of the project at the District level
  • Dialogues with social actors (cultural and religious leaders and teachers) to share information and generate commitment on promotion of positive and elimination of harmful sociocultural practices
  • Advocacy Initiatives and Media engagements including quarterly Radio talk shows and national level conference
  • Capacity building and mentoring of model couples to equip them as role models for positive socio-cultural behavior in their communities.
  • Production of Behavior Change Communication materials such as posters, stickers and t-shirts
  • Annual Partner Meetings at District level and Sub-County level and Review Meetings with stakeholders and target groups to facilitate experience sharing and learning and ensure the development and enforcement of mechanisms that address harmful socio-cultural practices and to follow up on commitments made


  • Rights holders (women and girls, men and boys)
  • District and Sub County leaders (Technical and Politicians)
  • Duty bearers such as the Police and the Judiciary
  • Social actors such as religious and cultural leaders as well as teachers)
  • Selected community-based, faith based and civil society organizations at community and national level