Photography by Corey McLean
Occupation: Youth Ambassador at Aegis Trust
Dydine you are an incredible woman working hard to create change in a difficult world. We are so moved by the work you are doing. Can you tell is a little bit more about yourself?
I’m a youth peace ambassador for Aegis Trust. The Aegis Trust is an international organization working to prevent genocide. I’m also a filmmaker, and a founder of Umbrella Cinema Promoters. Umbrella Cinema Promoters is a non-governmental organization dedicated to advocating for women at-risk. We do this by filming and recording stories that help women identity challenges within Rwandan society and find inspiration for change. I hope that by, starting these activities, I can create a better and respectable society in my country. Additionally, bringing peace to my community and helping build tolerance and equality.
Being a Youth Peace Ambassador for Aegis Trust in Rwanda has expanded my capabilities by allowing me to research the subject of Rwandan Genocide and gather information and knowledge to pinpoint the long-term and short-term consequences of the community. The program is committed to spreading awareness of what still pervades in Rwandan society since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Since I still desire to help my country grow more beautiful, working with Aegis Trust is a great opportunity and suits my interests. By using filming and participating in public education programs I now understand what was missing in the Rwandan young generation; It is clear that lack of communication often prevented youth from sharing their stories and understanding their similar histories. Therefore, I want to inspire more openness in order to build a lasting peace in a more intimate society and break the circle of hatred.
What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?
Beautiful for me is someone who has a distinctive personality, who is especially kind and caring to others, some one that you can trust and count on anytime. And the one who can inexplicably make you feel good just by being around them.
In your community what does the ideal woman look like? What is considered physically beautiful?
In Rwandan culture, beauty is a combination of elegance and exquisiteness. Beauty is about respecting yourself. In other words, the attractiveness of a woman has to start from in and then out, rather than out and then in. The common physical beauty could probably be dark skin, tall, nice smile, wide hips, less make-up and smooth skin. Seemly, natural beauty is more valuable.
When do you feel most beautiful?