Reconciliation and Development

Women are often perceived as second class citizens in Burundi due to discriminatory traditions and beliefs. The GIZ “Support for the Program of Reintegration Project” has implemented measures to ensure that women profit from the project benefits. Sensitization to the role of women in communal governance structures has resulted in improved representation of women. Women comprise 45 per cent of the members in communal development committees. Women-run cooperatives represent 640 of 1481 of all cooperatives founded to improve agricultural output. Equal participation in the reconciliation process has increased the confidence in security of both sexes. Women report that they participate equally in conflict management.

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