Gender-based Violence

Gender-based violence is a reality in Burundi and in burundi's churches. The reality is that VBG is part of Burundian culture and this is felt in the Kirundi proverbs.
  1.    - Umukobwa si umwana
  2.    - Umukobwa ni akarago k'abaraye
  3.    - Ntankokokazi ibika isake ihari
  4.    - Impfizi ntiyimirwa

Culturally, the man or boy is from an early age launched to a higher rank compared to the female sex which is often considered objects. Also aware that gender-based violence is a pathway to the spread of HIV/AIDS, Dutabarane's network of churches for the integral well-being of Burundian communities has begun raising awareness of the fight against gender-based violence through churches since 2014. The current approach is aimed at the church and the community. The first training goes to pastors and administrative leaders with the hill chiefs because they are the ones who are permanently with the population, the second training is done to volunteers, model couples, chosen and sent by the pastors. Thus we have in each intervention commune fifty volunteers from churches and the community.

Training to be provided:
   1. Man has value because he is created in the image of God regardless of sex and gender.
   2. Understanding the different kinds of gender-based violence
   3. The role of the church in the fight against VBG
   4. Good Family Practices in Family for Life:
   5. Village savings and credit associations as a way to reduce VBG

In psychosocial care, the victim is welcomed by the staff and receives the following interventions:
   - Careful listening
   - Advice
   - The follow-up/home visit

The victim is greeted kindly in a quiet place, where she feels safe. The listener is called upon to guarantee the victim of confidentiality to encourage him to talk about his problem. After listening to and understanding the problem the victim is experiencing, the counsellor tries to give advice to the victim to find the solution together. We follow up on the victim to reassure him or her reintegration into the community of origin. Legally, since the year 2018, Dutabarane has been able to assist its beneficiaries, victims of gender-based violence before the courts and courts of its areas of intervention and some cases are already closed, others are under way.

DUTABARANE has been one of the pioneers of savings and credit groups, a total of 7,316 VSLAs have already been created since 2009 for the benefit of 174,520 direct beneficiaries, with a percentage of women exceeding 60%.

In the course of fighting against poverty, we organize local authorities into mutual aid groups called Savings and Credits Associations, with a view to achieving self-sufficiency for households.

Savings groups are groups of 15 to 25 people that save and pool their money, and then borrow small amounts from the group for an agreed upon term and repay the loan with interest. Savings groups build financial literacy and social solidarity, and provide leadership opportunities, especially for women. They are often more formal lending and savings services.