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Mukagatare Laetitia & Uwihoreye Seraphine

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Uwihoreye Seraphine asks her aunt, Mukagatare Laetitia for advice on dating, intimate relationships, and the meaning of personal faith. Mukagatare Laetitia talks about her own adolescence and stresses the importance of women obtaining an education before they start worrying about men. Aunt and niece discuss Rwandan gender norms and Uwihoreye Seraphine learns how to protect herself in future relationships.

“Sometimes we sit as girls and talk about our lives and relationships. They say they have boyfriends and they go out together and they stay at their boyfriend’s places for long periods of time and do what they want to make them happy. Today in Rwanda we live with many people, all with different ideas. So I was wondering if my generation is going the wrong way and should I pray to be different?” Uwihoreye Seraphine

“When you start a family, no one else can do it for you. You are the only one to build your family. If you had a bad reputation in your youth, when you go to start a family that past haunts you. That is why I was talking about my parent’s advice. There is a saying that you do not tie a bad goat next to a good one. You do not go out with a boy and stay at his place. That is not what our culture says to do, even though people say it is being modern.” Mukagatare Laetitia

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SEPTEMBER 2014 - Archival Science 14 (Nos. 3-4, 2014): 275-306. Available here

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