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Background of the activity
In August 2017, Pax Christi / Bukavu supported by the Women's Synergy for Peace and Reconciliation of the Peoples of the Great Lakes Countries, as part of the MAnU program, organized a Social Dialogue in Runingu for Kashatu community leaders, Runingu, Kawizi and the City of Kiliba, in the Ruzizi Plain in Uvira Territory to analyze social norms and other discriminatory practices against women that would be at the root of their insecurity at all levels.
On this occasion, several other challenges were identified including the marital status of women related to the issue of civil marriage and its corollaries as enacted by the revised Family Code.
It is in this context that, with the aim of enlightening the communities of Kiliba, Kawizi, Runingu and Kashatu on the issue of the celebration of civil marriage and its impact on the security of women in their respective homes, the Women's Synergy for Peace and Reconciliation of the Peoples of the Great Lakes Countries through its partner Pax Christi Bukavu, organized from 05 to 07 April 2018 a social dialogue in Kiliba to re-analyze discriminatory practices against women and a round table for civil marriage officiators and other community leaders: civil registrars, group leaders, community leaders and other civil marriage leaders to understand how they celebrate civil marriage.
But since the SPR in its project Femme au Fone had made a state of civil marriage in the province of South Kivu through studies in Walungu, Kamanyola and Kadutu commune, it was important to make a comparative study between the realities of other axes investigated other times and the territory of Uvira.
In this collaboration of these two FAF and MAnU programs, the RPD, through its lobbying and advocacy officer in the FAF program, will inform participants about women's multidimensional security.
Objectives of the activity
Create a framework for exchange between local authorities and other local leaders on women's rights;
Analyze norms and practices that discriminate against women and suggest possible ways to change behavior;
Community mobilization around the question of civil marriage in accordance with the new family code;
Have a common understanding among celebrants in the interpretation of the articles of the new Family Code for the celebration of marriages;
Collect commitments from policy makers, registrars and registrars to celebrate and register civil marriages in accordance with the family news;
Popularize the new family code with celebrants.

Results achieved
In relation to the objectives of this activity, the following results were achieved:
44 chiefs and local leaders from Kawizi, Kashatu, Runingu and the city of Kiliba exchanged and analyzed social norms and discriminatory practices against women;
The various community leaders committed, in writing, to giving women opportunities for their participation in local decision-making and improving women's security;
After exchanges, the officiants committed, in writing, to make efforts to obtain the new revised Family Code, by 2018 and to deliver the marriage certificate to the couples after the celebration of the civil marriage;
Decision-makers have made a commitment to sensitize their citizens on the importance of civil marriage in promoting the safety of women in households;
With the participants in the conference, the interpretation of some articles of the new family code concerning civil marriage was exploited and the celebrants had a common understanding;
The new family code is popularized in the territory of Uvira.
Progress of activities
On the first day, the various speakers came back to the local norms and practices that limit women to enjoy their rights. This becomes a brake on the safety and development not only of the woman, but also of the whole family and the community in general. To overcome this insufficiency, men and women must work for the well-being of all. It's positive masculinity, says Jacques KABAKABA. See pictures of the first day;
In addition, these practices limit men to register their marriages in the Civil Registry, which insecure more and more women. However, women would be there for a few things. Affirm the participants at this meeting. Unfortunately, the annual average of one or no more than 3 civil marriages celebrated in Kiliba, Runingu and Kawizi and Kashatu (who celebrate the civil marriages of these entities invited to this activity), are tainted with several irregularities: do not rely on any text , celebrated by illegal celebrities tainted by cultural gravity ... Hence the round table on civil marriage to enlighten local communities on the importance of civil marriage and its various prerequisites: Who celebrates civil marriage? What documents do they use (between the old and the new revised family code) What articles do they use in their celebration and how do they interpret them?
Master BUGUMBA TANGANYIKA insisted on the importance of civil marriage and clarified the different articles of the family code that refer to it. It shows the innovations of the new family code in modification of the old code. It was on this topic that Madam Jeanne Kabungulu, lobbying and advocacy officer for the FAF project, and Stanislas Baganda, Program Officer and Program Supervisor of the UNDP Program at the RPD, insisted on encouraging others to register their projects. marriages at the Civil Registry for the protection of all.
So, it was also the occasion of the popularization of the new family code revised on July 15th, 2016 by the Law N ° 16/008 modifying and completing the Family Code with main innovations. See pictures
Success of the activity:
The MUHUNGU group leader who once opposed the support of women for their participation in local decision-making structures, pledged in writing to assist them in this fight; See the image of this leader with his hands raised
At the end of these meetings, some participants promised to register their marriages in civil status by 2018;
The head of the city of Kiliba promises to form a local council (with all the participants of his jurisdiction to these activities) that they will call "SHAURI JAMAA" for the popularization of the teachings and the pleasures at different levels and recommends to the other group leaders to do like him. See video

Lessons learned
Although the norms and customs weigh on the communities, with several sensitization sessions, some discriminatory community practices can be reviewed;
Some women would contribute to the non-registration of their marriage to civil status because, according to them, civil marriage would force them to live with only one man despite his faults.


Adresse de la SPR

N° 159, Bâtiment Mujanga, sur avenue Patrice Emery Lumumba, quartier Ndendere, à Nyawera entre le bureau ORANGE et VISION SHALA TV, commune d'Ibanda, ville de Bukavu en province du Sud-Kivu

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