W omen in Ruramira sector in Kayonza district say that even though the Parents’ Evening Program has not got to all villages in the sector, they have got a new way to discipline women who have abandoned their responsibilities and roles as wives and mothers.
“Some women have discarded their roles and others are taking on the responsibility to discipline these women in women courts presided over women representatives.” This was said by Marie Christine Muhawenimana the vice coordinator of the National Women’s Council in Umubuga Cell of Ruramira sector.
“When we learn of such imprudent women, we invite them in women hearings, give them a chance to iron out their issues with their husbands, advice those who ask for forgiveness and stop their ways” she says.
The one example of such women that are punished includes those whose children are dirty and sick due to carelessness. Women talk to this women and when she willing she changes her ways and those who refuse get reprimanded by local authorities.
Women standing in to advice and punish their fellow women especially through the Parents’ Evening Program is reducing the number of women who misbehave and doge their responsibilities as Alice Nyiramana the resident of Agasharu cell says.
Though the Parents’ Evening is becoming effective in taming women, the limitation is men who do not participate in this program.
“This program is good not only for women but also for men. It directs on the good relationship between a man and a woman in their families for a harmonized and developed family” says Mathias Budihori residents of Umubuga cell.