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Fighting gender-based violence: Marthe’s story

Marthe is a survivor of gender based violence. She now receives support from the Every Voice Counts (EVC) programme.

The Every Voice Counts programme aims to address gender-based violence through promoting women’s participation in local decision-making processes. The trainings that EVC provides in Rwanda discuss women’s rights, gender-based violence, and the community score card which is a tool that helps GBV service providers and local authorities to be more responsive to the needs of GBV survivors.

Marthe Rwamakuba

“My name is Marthe Rwamakuba and I am 31 years old. I have two girls, a 2-year and a 5-year old. I divorced their father when the oldest one was just 2 years old and when I was 8 months pregnant with the youngest. My ex-husband and I used to own a shop together. To support the shop, we were using a loan. My ex-husband was fired from his own job and did not handle this well. He was seeing other women and he did not contribute to our family. He used our money for other things and I was the only one taking care of the loan for the shop. He hurt me physically. At a certain point it became too much for me and I asked for a divorce. Since one year I have been going to trainings from the Every Voice Counts programme. The trainings help me to understand the gender-based violence that I faced and also to know the different services that the government is offering to GBV survivors.

Marthe Rwamakuba lives in Nombe Village, Nyagishubi cell, Nyarubaka Sector, Kamonyi district, Southern province, Rwanda.  She lives with her mother and her two children. She hopes to have her own house for her and her children to live in one day. The trainings Marthe has attended are trainings provided by Profemme, a civil society partner organization of CARE International in Rwanda.

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