Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas.

Women empowerment leads to increased participation in all aspects of social, health, education and nutrition. Thus SUN Alliance strengthens the coordination between nutrition actors to implement nutrition intervention programs by empowering women as key players in the campaign to end malnutrition.  

 

Since establishment, the Alliance has over the years been advocating for and communicating with Civil Society organizations and other nutrition actors implementing nutrition programs to; 

  1. Incorporate clear women and girls’ empowerment objectives in the design of nutrition policies, strategies and programs, showing how women and adolescent girls contribute to improved nutrition.
  2. Accelerate funding for nutrition-sensitive approaches while strengthening the implementation capacity of women and adolescent girls as key nutrition actors including at local levels.
  3. Ensure that women and girls embrace efforts to improve dietary practices within their families as a standard part of eliminating malnutrition.
  4. Track and seek to avoid any potentially negative impact of nutrition interventions programs on gender equality.

Gender and nutrition are not stand-alone issues with some experts considering women to be the nexus of agriculture, health and nutrition sectors. It is also noticeable that when women’s incomes rise they tend to invest more in the nutrition, education, and health of their family, causing a ripple effect that can benefit entire communities.

This infers therefore, SUN Alliance Rwanda recognizes the role women and adolescent girls  can play in improving health and nutrition among children, which is why it focuses on women empowerment by tracking results and aligning strategies, programs and resources of its members with country plans to eliminate all forms of malnutrition.

 

Education Advocacy and Social Mobilization

SUN Alliance Rwanda strengthens the coordination between nutrition actors through tracking results and aligning strategies, programs and resources of its members with country plans to eliminate all forms of Malnutrition. This has been possible due to intensive education, advocacy and social mobilization platforms.

 

Scaling Up Nutrition interventions in Rwanda requires the importance of social mobilization, advocacy and communication (SMAC) to coordinate efforts on the part of a wide spectrum of within Civil Society Organizations dealing in nutrition, ministries that support agriculture, health, social protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, gender and education, research and academia.

 This has significantly accelerated activities for elimination of malnutrition in all its forms to be effectively implemented across the country in all forms such as:

 

  1. Bringing people together to work effectively through functioning multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platforms;

  2. Putting policies and laws in place to establish a coherent policy and legal framework;

  3. implementing and aligning programs with common objectives and an agreed framework for results;

  4. Mobilizing resources from domestic sources supplemented by external assistance based on country specific malnutrition interventions.

  5. Raising awareness about a nutritional intervention need, build public and political will, set priorities and improve policies to leverage nutrition outcomes from actions taken across sectors and stakeholders.

  6. Engaging a broad range of civil society organizations and government so that they become involved in driving change, by creating the demand for better policies, services and accountability.

  7. Catalyzing engagement at the district level. Since Rwanda takes a decentralized approach to malnutrition through emphasizing District Plans to Eliminate Malnutrition (DPEMs), SUN Alliance established District SUN Committees as a strategy to scale up nutrition around the country.

    This approach has enabled SUN Alliance to raise awareness about the vital importance of nutrition as a universal move; one that is integral to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to have a World without hunger and malnutrition.

    This implies therefore, that the potential impacts of education, advocacy and social mobilization on health and nutrition extend across a number of sectors.  Thus, due this central role, SUN Alliance Rwanda is focused on its intensive coordination, Social Mobilization, advocacy and Communication (SMAC), and tracking of results of its members in the sector for future planning

Agriculture

In Agriculture, SUN Alliance strengthens the coordination between nutrition actors within this sector, through tracking results and aligning strategies, programs and resources of its members with country plans to eliminate all forms of Malnutrition. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank suggest that agricultural growth is one of the ways of fighting (child) malnutrition.

 

Over the last decade, Rwanda has made consistent progress in dealing with health related challenges through strategy focused interventions on reaching high coverage of basic public health services.  Nonetheless significant decrease in prevalence of stunting in children under five (51% DHS 2005 to 38% DHS 2015), wasting in children under five (3.9% DHS 2005 compared to 2.2% DHS 2015) and underweight (18% DHS 2005 to 9% DHS 2015), malnutrition remains high especially stunting in children under 5.

Since establishment, the Alliance has over the years been advocating for and communicating with Civil Society organizations and other nutrition actors implementing agriculture programs to;  

  1. Incorporate explicit nutrition objectives and indicators in the design of agricultural policies, strategies and programs, showing a pathway on how agriculture contributes to improved nutrition.

  2. Accelerate funding for nutrition-sensitive approaches while strengthening the implementation capacity of nutrition actors including at local levels.

  3. Tackle recurring food shortages in the months preceding the harvest or during climate variability in order to reduce seasonal spikes

  4. Ensure that efforts to improve dietary practices become a standard part of food security-oriented agricultural programs.

  5. Track and seek to avoid any potentially negative impact of agriculture programs on gender equality.

  6. Ensure multi-sectoral coordination and mapping out of multi-sectoral causes of under nutrition, such as social protection

This implies therefore, that the potential impacts of agricultural activities on health and nutrition extend across a number of sectors.  Thus, due the central role of agriculture on reducing malnutrition, SUN Alliance Rwanda is focused on its intensive coordination, Social Mobilization, advocacy and Communication (SMAC), and tracking of results of its members in the sector for future planning.  

Food Fortification

While implementing national food fortification programs, SUN Alliance Rwanda strengthens the coordination between nutrition actors focusing on food fortification interventions, through tracking results and aligning strategies, programs and resources of its members with country plans to eliminate all forms of Malnutrition. 

On July 3, 2013, the Rwandan Ministry of Trade and Industry officially approved the nation’s fortification standards for maize flour, wheat flour, cooking oil, sugar, and salt making them mandatory throughout the country. This gives SUN Alliance Rwanda an opportunity to play a major role in advancing the need for highly nutrient food consumption through advocacy and communication

 

We recommend that all designated staple food products produced in Rwanda and imported into Rwanda contain accurate amounts of key nutrients at levels that have been harmonized with the East Africa region.

Since establishment, SUN Alliance has over the years been advocating for and communicating with Civil Society organizations and other nutrition actors implementing food fortification programs to; 

  1. Incorporate food fortification objectives in the design of agricultural policies, strategies and programs, showing a pathway on how food fortification contributes to improved nutrition.

  2. Accelerate funding for food fortification initiatives that are rich in nutrients and strengthen the implementation capacity of actors in food fortification.

  3. Tackle limited access to fortified food by children under 5 and women especially in rural areas where there is prevalence of a considerably higher rates of malnutrition compared to urban areas.

  4. Ensure that efforts to improve dietary practices through consumption of fortified food become a standard part of food security-oriented agricultural programs.

This implies therefore, that consuming fortified food largely contributes to one’s nutrition which strongly improves health and eliminates malnutrition.  Thus, due to the central role of food fortification on reducing malnutrition, SUN Alliance Rwanda is focused on its intensive coordination, Social Mobilization, advocacy and Communication (SMAC), and tracking of results of its members in the sector for future planning. 

Sun Alliance 3rd Annual General Assembly To Be Held Tomorrow 7th March 2017

On, 7th March 2017, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Alliance Rwanda will conduct its 3rd Annual general Assembly, with a theme: “Uniting Civil Society organisations to scale up nutrition”. The assembly will bring together participants from civil Societies, academia, and other nutrition actors outside the Civil Society with the following objectives;

  • To share experience and best practices on the progress and achievements of SUN Alliance in scaling up nutrition.

  • Assess financial investments needed by SUN Alliance and its members

  • To Strengthen accountability on nutrition targets by SUN Alliance members.

  • To strengthen the Scaling Up Nutrition-Civil Society Alliance-as an effective coordination and advocacy umbrella aimed at uniting efforts against nutrition.

  • To help identify strategic and intervention gaps that need to be filled in order to successfully achieve national food and nutrition objectives.

  • To discuss achievements, strategies and challenges for the last one year,


Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Alliance is an umbrella of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Rwanda promoting sensitive and specific nutrition interventions. It’s a member of the SUN movement, Global Civil Society Network. In 2014, 79 Civil Society Organizations in the fight against malnutrition in Rwanda endorsed the establishment of the Alliance, and is legally registered and certified by the Rwanda Governance Board. The primary purpose of SUN Alliance is to strengthen the coordination between nutrition actors from the Civil Society and academia. The coordination is aimed at creating an accountable system through tracking results and resources, aligning strategies and programs of its members with country plans to eliminate all forms of Malnutrition. This is not limited to Social Mobilization, Advocacy and Communication (SMAC) and research among others.

This approach is aimed at raising awareness about the vital importance of nutrition as a universal move; one that is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to have a world without hunger and malnutrition. Malnutrition therefore being a threat and high on the global and national agenda, there is great need for greater coordination and optimal nutrition interventions. This however can only be possible through a multi-sectoral coordination of nutrition actors backed by increased financial investments. In this tone, SUN Alliance Rwanda seeks to extend this momentum by holding its 3rd general assembly, bringing together of over 100 CSOs of its members for sustainable and equitable scaling up of nutrition that delivers improved nutrition results for children, women, families and communities.

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