Healing Intergenerational Trauma in Rwanda - Lessons 30 years on

Online seminar, 24th April, 2024

Content notice – this page and the seminar mention disturbing acts committed during the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In 1994, over a period of 100 days, more than one million people were killed, and an estimated 250,000 women were raped during the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In 2016, the NGO Global Initiative for Environment and Reconciliation (GER Rwanda) partnered with CFOR, a UK-based peacebuilding charity using the Process Work methodology, to develop a range of programs aimed at supporting the reconciliation processes among Rwandans affected by the Genocide, fostering healing and collaboration to process history and build a better future.

Drawing on the valuable experience gained from projects like Beyond Conflict and Far in Far Out, survivors, perpetrators, and youth have come together to engage in dialogue, training, and mutual learning, addressing the impacts of the Genocide, reflecting on collective responsibilities to halt intergenerational trauma and its effects, and fostering a collaborative approach to sustainable solutions.

Their collective efforts aim to educate participants and partners about Rwanda’s history, reconciliation process, resilience, and how the country serves as a model for reconciliation in our times.

Despite the positive impact of this work, it represents just a drop in the ocean of what is needed.

Youth constitute 75% of the Rwandan population and grapple with intergenerational trauma, a lack of historical knowledge about the Genocide, and challenges in communication with their parents due to trauma and shame.

There’s a pressing need for more comprehensive solutions, with gender inequality, poverty, and family conflicts further compounding these challenges.

In this seminar, Innocent Musore, Founder and Executive Director of GER-Rwanda, shares what they have learned so far about interrupting the transmission of intergenerational trauma and how these reflections can support the work of other peacebuilding and healing organisations and practitioners around the world.

The seminar is for people:

  • engaged in individual and/or group work with survivors of war, extreme violence, genocide
  • interested in understanding more about intergenerational trauma
  • working with migrant, refugee, and indigenous communities who experience or are at risk of intergenerational trauma
  • interested in how Process Work is being applied to peacebuilding work.

PRESENTER – Innocent Musore

Founder and Executive Director of GER-Rwanda

Innocent is a seasoned facilitator and peace-building activist with over 15 years of experience in training, interactive workshops, and community interactions, focusing on individuals affected by conflicts and genocide in Rwanda and the Great Lakes regions. Trained by CFOR-Process Work UK in Leadership and Conflict Facilitation, Innocent has spearheaded various projects addressing climate resilience, nature conservation, gender, climate change, youth empowerment, and reconciliation.

Innocent’s expertise extends to facilitating interactions with diverse groups, including genocide survivors, perpetrators, refugees and youth affected by the genocide, such as those from perpetrators’ families, individuals born as a result of rape, historically marginalized groups, and female victims of gender-based violence. Recognizing the specific impact on these individuals, Innocent is dedicated to his life’s purpose of making a positive impact, continuously learning from his work, and ensuring that others benefit from it.

His vision is to contribute to existing reconciliation processes and holistic peacebuilding not only in Rwanda but also beyond.

If your organisation would like to discuss partnership or training opportunities with GER, you can contact them here.

THE DETAILS

Date & Time

Wednesday 24th April, 2024

3 pm – 6 pm (Melbourne, Australia time – find your timezone here.)

Fees

Organisational rate (for individuals whose employer is paying): $110

Individuals standard rate: $70

Individual concession rate: $40

There is the option to make a donation to GER-Rwanda on the registration form. Please note these will not be tax deductable. You can also make a donation via the GER-Rwanda webpage.

Cancellations

Cancellations with less than two business days’ notice will not be refunded.

Cancellations with more than two business days’ notice will be refunded in full.

Tech

The seminar will be held online via Zoom. The link will be emailed to you the day of the seminar.

The seminar will be recorded for use by GER-Rwanda in future works and will be made available to registered participants to watch for two weeks after the event (it’s fine to not attend live and watch the recording later).

We invite you to have your video on in the seminar, however, advise that having your video on and/or asking questions in the seminar will include you in the recording.

Fundraising

This seminar is in part, a fundraising activity for GER-Rwanda, hosted by ANZPOP on a pro bono basis – ANZPOP receives no income from the funds raised.

All profits go directly to GER-Rwanda and will contribute to their goal of establishing a training facility.

There is an option to make additional donations in the registration form.

Learn more

Learn more about the work for GER-Rwanda on their website and via this project report and this annual report.

Learn more about the work of CFOR all around the world on their website.

ANZPOP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Maori First Nations peoples. We pay respect to their elders across time. We give thanks for the Indigenous knowledge that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience, and spirit of First Nations peoples to counter the ongoing impacts of colonisation on their culture, well-being, and sovereignty.

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