New Rwanda National Police bell against GBV, child abuse
Rwandans have been called upon to stand up against gender based violence and child abuse which are still among the common crimes committed in communities.
The Minister for Family and Gender Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa made the call on August 25 while presiding over the official launch of the countrywide awareness campaign against GBV and child abuse in Musanze District.
The awareness was organized by the Rwanda National Police in partnership with the ministries of Family and Gender Promotion, Health and Justice to further loop the general public to prevent the vice.
It is being conducted under the theme “Act together in Prevention and Response to GBV and Child Abuse.”
“We have all come here to say enough is enough; let’s not just talk…let’s be guided by actions against gender based violence and child abuse,” Minister Gasinzigwa said.
“Police has been at the forefront in the fight against GBV and child abuse but the success of this campaign rests in the hands and hearts of you, the public by saying no and reporting involved,” she added.
She noted that the government has put in place various strategies to further combat the two crimes including the scale up of Isange One Stop Centre to all district hospitals across the country by 2017.
Isange started in July 2009 at Kacyiru Police Hospital (KPH) as a pilot project to provide free psycho-socio, medical and legal services to adult and child survivors of gender based violence and child abuse.
It has so far received about 7, 000 cases since its establishment.
The centre scooped the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) 2012 for its efforts in fighting Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The award dubbed “Promoting Gender Responsive Delivery” of Public Services was in recognition of the success of the Isange. UNPSA is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service.
Minister Gasinzigwa also thanked the Rwanda Youth Volunteers Organization for its spearheading the awareness campaign against crimes adding that the country expects a lot from them.
The organization has about 7, 000 members countrywide.
It supports vulnerable communities by giving them medical insurance, livestock and carryout crime prevention awareness programmes in schools and communities against drug abuse, corruption and gender and domestic violence, among others.
She also appealed to Rwandans to fight human trafficking and join Police in the crackdown on bars and individuals that sell alcoholic drinks to minors.
The Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana said there is security and fast development in Rwanda adding that “the country should not be defined by GBV and child abuse.”
The Police Chief said 1682 and 1445 cases of defilement were registered in 2012 and 2013 respectively. A total of 244 and 281 cases of rape were also recorded in that order, he added.
Twenty five men were also killed by their spouses and 67 women killed by their husbands in the same years, he further explained.
The launch of the awareness programme was also attended by the Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza, representatives from the Netherlands embassy in Rwanda and students and residents of Musanze.