The winner of the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been announced. Find out more.

Giving a voice to women

  • Amount funded: £90,000
  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Locations: Rwanda
  • Grant stream: Open grants call

In the aftermath of the genocide, women had to live with the social stigma of the sexual violence they suffered. The national government made attempts to improve the rights of those women and the resources available to them.

Project partners
KEMIT asbl
View more detail
How we are helping

Supporting a project in helping more women to embrace those reforms and apply them to help themselves and others.

About the project

The Faces of Life project, run by Kemit asbl, supports and empowers women to use media and resources to speak up for themselves and to encourage others to do so as well.

Women will be trained to create visual art projects, expressing issues of importance to them. Exhibitions of these art projects will tour throughout Rwanda providing an opportunity for civil society organisations, members of the public and local leaders at various levels of governance to gather together and discuss the issues leading to greater awareness of stigma and taboos on womens’ lives.

KEMIT asbl has worked in cinema and audio visual trainings, film, video and TV productions for 12 years and is using this experience to train the women involved in how to advocate for policy reform for the issues that affect them.

Project Partners
KEMIT asbl
Commonwealth Foundation logo

We support people's participation in democracy and development by providing grants, platforms, and expertise.

Governance Areas
Influencing public discourse