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VideoSeptember 16, 2019

What Goes on Inside the Husbands’ Schools of Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, a new type of school is transforming the habits and mentalities of married men and future husbands. When 38-year-old Waimbabie Gnoumou, a farmer and father of eight children began attending the Husbands’ School in his village, he realized that he could do a lot to improve his relationship with his two wives and his children. Since then, he started helping out at home and, for the first time, accompanied his pregnant wife to the health clinic when it was time for her to give birth. The Husbands and Future Husbands Schools are supported through the World Bank-financed Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project (SWEDD) and operate on the basis of a curriculum that, in other parts of the world, has proven to increase contraceptive use, decrease violence against children and women and increase the involvement of women in household decisions.