One Billion Rising for Justice in Rwanda
Watch this video from the Rwanda Association of Midwives, which illustrates the re-birth of the profession of Nursing & Midwifery which was completely destroyed during the genocide 20 years ago. The first One Billion Rising for Justice Rwanda 2014 represents a shift in paradigm bringing into focus what good can come of the power of Nurse & Midwives with a voice that will no longer be silent united for the greater good. There were over 800 in attendance for the one mile walk/event including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Gender. The event was guided by the Bachelors of Nursing Honors Midwifery skills upgrade of practicing midwives class that began in October 2013 along with the Rwanda Association of Midwives. The event was conceived by faculty as a part of the Foundations of Midwifery class which was taught within a social justice and reproductive rights framework. The undertaking brought the theory taught inside of the classroom outside and into community practice. This was an attempt to help to bridge the Theory to practice gap which is often cited to negatively impact client care all over with world. The event was also the first time that Midwifery in Rwanda used a public advocacy campaign to educate about the full scope and potential of Midwifery practice.
Written by Pandora Hardtman