Members of National Women Council (NWC) in Kicukiro District have been called upon to intensify their awareness campaign against Gender Based Violence and Child abuse.
The call was made on July 17 during a meeting that brought together 132 representatives of NWC at all levels in Kicukiro and presided over by the district mayor, Dr. Jeanne Nyirahabimana.
In her address, the mayor urged women to partner with security organs in crime prevention and pointed out that, “With such partnership, there is no doubt we will collectively benefit a lot that is in line with the national development agenda”
The meeting was also attended by the District Community Liaison Officers (DCLO) Inspector of Police (IP), Hamdun Twizeyimana who gave a lengthy lecture on Gender Based Violcence and Child abuse.
“GBV is any act that results in or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to someone. Normally women are the main victims of such violence,” said IP Twizeyimana
He also took the women representatives through effects of gender based violence and child abuse.
“GBV and child abuse are high impact crimes that seriously affects all aspects of a victim’s health, their physical and mental ability to perform certain functions and behavioural health.”
“Health consequences of GBV can be both, immediate and acute as well as long lasting and chronic; indeed, negative health consequences may persist long after the violence has stopped, this is why we all have to collectively fight it before it happens. The more severe the level of violence, the greater the impact will be on a victim’ health,” IP Twizeyimana.
Like violence against women, IP Twizeyimana said, violence against children is equally a concern that can’t be ignored.
“Child abuse can take a variety of forms and happens in many settings: at home, in the community and in schools. Children experience violence most commonly from people who are parts of their lives. The biggest challenge is that most of the violence against children remains hidden. Many children are afraid to report incidents of violence they experience. This fear is closely related to the stigma attached to reporting violence, especially in cases of brutal violence. This is the exact reason why everyone should be involved in protection of children rights.”
He urged them to utilize the toll-free lines – 116 as Child Helpline and 3512 to report GBV for immediate intervention.
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