Our mission and vision
In the national language of Rwanda, Mukomeze means empower her/him. The Mukomeze Foundation improves the living conditions of survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. By supporting these survivors physically, psychologically, materially, socially, economically and spiritually, Mukomeze contributes to their empowerment. This allows them to provide for their own existence and gain hope for a dignified future. Mukomeze thus contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations: in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 3 (good health and welfare), SDG 4 (education), SDG 5 (gender equality and women empowerment), SDG 8 (economic growth and fair work), and SDG 16 (justice).
We are in particular focussed on the south of Rwanda. We chose this region because: (1) The support on the countryside is less available than in the cities; (2) Relatively speaking most cases of genocidal sexual violence took place in this part of the country; and (3) We have good possibilities to support the survivors there, together with our partner organization.
Support is still needed
Even years after the genocide, support is still necessary. Many victims of sexual violence live in poverty and are often infected with Hiv/AIDS (about 70% of the survivors of sexual violence). Partly because of this, they develop other diseases as a result of their deteriorated immune system, such as cancer and tuberculosis. In addition, they are confronted with recurring trauma, live regularly in bad conditions, are sometimes stigmatized and do not always have access to education. Also the children of the survivors need support. In particular when they were born as a result of the genocidal sexual violence or when their mothers died as a result of the diseases as a result of the genocidal sexual violence or when the children are themselves Hiv/AIDS infected. Many women who have now grown older also come across many challenges without a family that can supports them.
To keep our knowledge and skills up to date, the Mukomeze Foundation is a member of the following organisations and networks: WO=MEN, Partin, and CRSV Network NL. Mukomeze is also a signatory of the fourth NAP 1325 on ‘Women, Peace and Security.”