Our Voices has been produced as part of Alert's project Making Women's Voices Heard in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Burundi. The film presents the views of Burundian women about what is needed to foster reconciliation and growth in their communities and their country, which emerged from 12 years of civil war in 2005.
During Burundi's conflict, over 300,000 people lost their lives and more than 1 million Burundians were forced to flee their homes. Today, significant hurdles to long-term peace remain. The majority of Burundians, and women in particular, have little scope to participate in the political process. Despite improvements in security, the population has not yet felt significant economic peace dividends; 81% of Burundi's population continues to live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day.
Burundi is launching its new Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSPII) in 2012, which sets the scene for development efforts in Burundi for the coming five years. Through 2010-11 International Alert and partners gathered the perspectives of Burundi's women their priorities, and channelled these to the government for inclusion in the PRSPII. This film presents these opinions and recommendations and asks that women's voices continue to be heard.
Alert has been working in Burundi since 1995. Making Women's Voices Heard is carried out in partnership with Dushirehamwe, Réseau Femmes et Paix, the Association des Femmes Rapatriées du Burundi, and the Collectif des Associations et ONG Féminines du Burundi. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To find out more about our work in Burundi and other work we do in communities affected by violent conflict, visit www.international-alert.org