Beatrice Mukansinga is a Rwandan women's rights activist who focuses on women who were adversely affected by the Rwanda genocide. She joined the social welfare charity organisation Barakabaho Foundation in 1995 after returning to Rwanda. She began working with the organisation providing humanitarian assistance for the female genocide survivors.
She later founded the non profit organisation MBWIRA NDUMVA (Speak, I Am Listening) in 1996 as a co-organisation affiliated to Barakabaho Foundation. She initiated the organisation in order to support and provide guidance to the orphaned and raped women who were displaced due to the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
She was inspired to set up the MBWIRANDUMVA organisation after having gained experiences and ideas from a genocide and rape survivor. Beatrice was also highly recognised for encouraging and convincing women who were raped during the genocide to raise their babies instead of abandoning the children. She was awarded the Ginetta Sagan Fund Award by Amnesty International in 1998 in recognition of her humanitarian assistance to the survivors of Rwandan genocide.
In August 2021, she was listed as one of the seven African women activists who deserve a Wikipedia article by the Global Citizen, an international organisation and advocacy organisation.
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I am among the founders of MBWIRANDUMVA, when we started women were desperate and in a miserable condition, overwhelmed, lonely and sick but since the day when we found people who really loved them and were ready to listen to their sad stories they have opened up their hearts and as result they have regained their confidence. They know that their life is worth much and to all of them this is great source of joy and hope. We have provided medical assistance to those among them who were sick, education to the ones who were in need, counselling to those were traumatized, financial assistance to the needy and shelter to some who were homeless.
Now we sit alongside them to tackle in a corporate effort, problems facing them and hereis where strength comes from even though there is still along way to go in various areas