Who really pays the price of domestic violence?
On May 28th 2015, Centre Marembo held its first annual advocacy day. This event was created in order to shed light on the issues of violence against children and women in Rwanda and to give the 58 children that the Centre was supporting at the time a forum from which to share their stories with the public. This presentation showed to the audience that although these young women and girls had experienced unimaginable hardship, they were nonetheless kids and deserved the same rights as all other children. The girls also held a dance performance to the song “Break the Chain” by One Billion Rising which symbolized the empowerment of women against domestic violence. This performance illustrated to the audience as well as to the national media which were in attendance that children who are the victims of abuse and neglect are not a lost generation. Rather, with proper reintegration, empowerment and care, they can live full and successful lives and contribute to the future development of their country. After this presentation, a dialogue was held regarding the theme: Who really pays the price of domestic violence.