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Decree No. 100/105 concerning the organization and duties of the Ministry of the Family and the Advancement of Women, 23 December 1987.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF POPULATION LAW. 1988; 15:84-5.This Decree sets forth the organization and duties of the Burundi Ministry of the Family and the Advancement of Women. The Ministry is charged with formulating government policy with respect to the advancement of women, while seeing to it that their advancement has an impact on the whole family. Among the departments of the Ministry are a Family Department and a Department for the Economic Advancement of Women. The first of these is charged with identifying family needs and problems and undertaking activities aimed at improving living conditions and permitting the harmonious development of the whole family. To this end, it has the goal of encouraging the promotion of cultural and artistic activities designed to change attitudes on the place and role of family partners. It is to watch over the educational training of youth and to contribute to safeguarding valuable ancestral values that are more and more compromised. The second department is charged with devising, studying, and executing economic development projects likely to lighten the work of women and improve the quality and quantity of this work. It is to encourage and support female initiatives generating revenue for the family. To this end, it is to formulate and channel all ministerial projects aiming to improve family living conditions and to ensure their execution and supervision. It is to negotiate technical and financial support from external organizations, both international and nongovernmental. (full text)
PEOPLE AND THE PLANET. 1992; 1(1-2):22-5.A representative of the Naam movement, a grass-roots organization of women in Burkina Faso, Ramata Sawadogo, speaks about her work as a health educator. She had worked in the health system but became disillusioned because most health problems of her clients were related to poverty. Now she works with the Naam movement to help spread the acceptance of family planning. Within the last 1 or 2 generations, women are having twice as many children because the traditional birth-spacing customs are in decline. Ms. Sawadogo explains the effect of large families by analogy with the local custom of planting only 2 millet seeds per hill. She also emphasizes to people that family planning includes treatment for infertility, sexually transmitted diseases, and menstrual problems. Now even mothers-in-law are beginning to realize the need for family planning. Marked changes in attitudes are evident because people can discuss and even laugh at sexual issues, which were formerly taboo even between spouses. Men are helping women with their work to some extent, or lending them bicycles to go to market. Another dramatic success of the Naam movement is the soap-making enterprise, with soap sales totaling US$135/week, the equivalent of a civil servant's salary. Women are trading vegetables and their labor to pay back loans for soap-making equipment. Ms. Sawadogo urged clinic staff to treat local farmers with extreme courtesy, since their reception will influence whole villages about the motivation of those offering family planning.