About 33 families that have been cohabiting in Ntarama sector in Bugesera District decided to tie the knot in a mass wedding at the start of the month to promote women and girl child.
This was all thanks to the teachings given in the Parents Evening program honoring the dignity of both the girl child and women this march 2013.
One Samuel Ndungutse said “I decided to get married by law after attending ‘Akagoroba k’ababyeyi’ program and learnt that cohabiting couples cannot attain development just like a wed couple.”
For Senator Constance Mukayuhi Rwaka who was the guest of honour at the mass wedding, this is a big step for these couples and other cohabiting couples should take an example of this and tie the knot.
“The ‘Akagoroba k’ababyeyi’ program should help you solve other issues and problems you have towards development” said the senator.
The senator reminded the wed couples to always plan for their children and their future before giving birth to them.
“You should promote gender equality and balance in your families by treating your children with equal rights whether in work, education and the way you love them. You should plan together as man and wife for the development of your families.”
The mayor of Bugesera district told the wed couples that marriage and family is not built with people’s strength nor properties but by love and understanding each other. “Families with domestic violence do not experience development; you have to avoid violence if you want to develop your families.”
Marie Chantal Uwingabiye the coordinator of National Women Council in Bugesera district says the month for promotion of women and girl child will end with about 600 cohabiting couples married by law.
The celebrations of the opening of this month coincided with the International Women’s day on the 8th.March.2013.