Police in Kayonza District is training local leaders from different clusters on causes and prevention of Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse.
Among those pursuing the training include Sector Executive Secretaries, representatives of women and people with disabilities, and District Administrative Security Support Organ (DASSO) Personnel among others.
The training is organised and facilitated by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with Pro-Femme Twese Hamwe.
While speaking to trainees recently, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Leonille Mujawamariya, the District Community Liaison Officer, said: “GBV is observed at the community level and different initiatives were set up at the lowest levels to combat it; in Police, we have a special desk handling GBV cases and hotlines (3512 and 3097), and 116 for child abuse so that anyone can report such cases.”
“On the community level, she said, there are the anti-GBV committees, clubs, and the National Women Council (NWC). This set up helps to have a common understanding in addressing GBV and child abuse issues.”
She reminded trainees that GBV or child abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or economic abuse which is directed against a person on the basis of gender, vulnerability and has its roots in gender inequality.
“It is, therefore, important to integrate a gender perspective into efforts to effectively prevent and respond to GBV. This means looking at what causes gender-based violence and analyzing the effects of gender discrimination.”
Sexual abuse and exploitation, she noted is one form of gender-based violence.
“The impact of GBV is far-reaching both for the victim, and for society at large” AIP Mujawamariya told trainees.
Among the potential causes of GBV include gender Inequality, power imbalances between men and women, disrespect and lack of respect towards the other partner, behavioral disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, property wrangles and ignorance, among others
“Some of the consequences to the victim of GBV include injuries that could lead to disabilities or deaths; depression leading to chronic physical complaints and illnesses, high economic expenses for medical care for Victims, and affects the availability of human resources as victims cannot take part in developmental activities,” she said.
Frere Wellars from Pro-Femme Twese Hamwe, thanked RNP for its continued fight against GBV and urged trainees to share the acquired knowledge with their colleagues.