About 700 students of Ecole Secondaire Sumba in Nyamagabe District have been urged to champion the fight against gender best violence and child abuse by actively taking part in different community policing activities and reporting such human rights abuses.
The call was made on October 2 by the Nyamagabe District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) Inspector of Police (IP) Ignace Nuwayo in a meeting held at the school premises and also attended by teachers.
In his message, IP Nuwayo appealed to them to be ambassadors in sensitizing the public against GBV.
He also urged them to break silence on GBV and child abuses happening in their homes and communities to supplement efforts to combat the vices.
“We have established important institutions like the Gender Desk Directorate and Isange One-Stop Centre which offers a holistic package to victims of GBV and child abuse, and all services are offered at no cost. All these are geared towards eliminating such cases in our society but this can only be achieved if everyone including you, the youth, are on board,” he said.
He added that “We are all duty-bound to curb crimes in our communities, you now have the knowledge that you need to help people change their attitude.”
Following the meeting, students pointed out that there are some kinds of GBV that could go unnoticed because they did not report them, and urged them not to keep quiet about such incidences.