A community in Burundi has found a solution to stop violence against women

One in three women has suffered physical or psychological violence throughout her life, in many cases at the hands of her partners. These are the figures from the United Nations Organization that reflect the magnitude of the scourge of gender violence throughout the world.

What if one of the possible solutions came from Burundi?

On the occasion of International Day Against Gender Violence, Euronews proposes you to listen to their new podcast. Is called Cry Like a Boy, in English, or In the minds of men, in French, and explores extraordinary stories of people who defy centuries of stereotypes and fight to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence.

The first four episodes of the podcast series are set in Burundi, which is ranked 185 on the United Nations Gender Equality Index.

A place where perhaps we don’t expect a gender revolution to start. Yet here, in various rural communities, thousands of men have decided to question themselves and end violence against their partners.

With culture and theater as tools to spread the message of equality and, little by little, they have already involved half of Burundi’s provinces.

The Abatangamuco (“those who spread the light” in Kirundi, the local language) have a clear and simple message: equality between the genders is an essential condition of coexistence for the entire community.

“The conversation about gender violence must be part of a more global discourse on equality between men and women,” writes Gary Barker, CEO of Promundo, an international NGO that promotes the role of men in achieving gender equality. .

Stories like that of the Abatangamucos in Burundi – but also like the schools for husbands and fathers that the NGO Promundo has created in several African states, including Rwanda – “can also offer a lot to Europe and North America.”

“They help us change the colonialist and racist idea that African men (and the men of the Middle East and Latin America) are brutes, and that the men of the North have understood everything instead,” concludes Gary Barker.

“No country in the world has found the formula for healthy masculinity, and no country has achieved full gender equality. Meanwhile, we can learn a lot from Africa and the many men who have already embraced the cause of healthy masculinity.”

Podcast episodes are available here in english Y here in French.

After listening to the report from Burundi, it is the turn of the round table: an activist from Burundi, a researcher from Norway and a journalist from South Africa wonder if it is possible to export the Abatangamuco formula to other countries in the world.