ERIC Number: ED420411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Rwanda's Women and Children: The Long Road to Reconciliation. A Field Report Assessing the Protection and Assistance Needs of Rwandan Women and Children.
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, New York, NY.
Rwanda faces tremendous challenges as it tries to fight off insurgents, rebuild its infrastructure, reintegrate refugees, and assist genocide survivors. This report details an investigation which assessed the protection and assistance needs of Rwandan women and children. Part 1 of the report contains the executive summary, key findings, and the study's objectives. Part 2 details the needs of women survivors and returnees for protection, shelter, economic assistance, and health care; describes key programs; and discusses reintegration issues. Part 3 presents children's needs, focusing on separated and orphaned children, issues surrounding residential care, reintegration strategies, children-headed households, street children, girls, and educational needs. The findings of this investigation indicate that significant United Nations funds have been earmarked for women's programs; however, many programs face obstacles related to capacity, resources, and skills. There continues to be a need for better protection programs, human rights monitoring, training in project planning and management, comprehensive reproductive health services, and programs to address violence against women and girls. Donors should study the impact of assistance to ensure that it does not aggravate ethnic tensions rather than alleviate them. Thousands of separated and orphaned children live in centers, on the streets, in children-headed households, and in prisons. Efforts are needed to help children find homes and secure their future. A comprehensive plan of action is needed to transform centers into community service centers. The report concludes with recommendations regarding Rwanda's women returnees and survivors and the separated and orphaned children. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Rwanda