The Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has requested women leaders called ‘Mutima w’urugo’ heart of the family) who have completed a nine-day civic education at Nkumba to work together to eradicate domestic violence as it triggers social instability.
“Take the lead in fighting against domestic violence because we can’t keep tolerating people depriving Rwandans of their lives. You have heard that statistics from police indicated that 142 including 64 men and 78 women died of domestic violence in 2016. This is a total mismatch with our moral values. We need cooperation to fight against the vice,” he said.
Premier Murekezi asked them to boost awareness on gender equality issues among Rwandan communities.
Civic education trainees commended the training calling it a weapon to fighting against the evil.
“A woman has potential in promoting the family, which is what we have pledged among our performance contracts. We are going to train our peers to preserve the culture of holding discussions to breed solutions for and eliminate domestic violence,” said Uwamahoro Claudine.
Uwayisenga Lusef said “We are going to revise the way we hold parents’ forum (Umugoroba w’ababyeyi) to incorporate cultural recitals, recognize transformed households in sorting out from conflicts and help families where domestic violence persists. We will also explain them what the law provisions against violence are.”
The civic education closed yesterday brought together 436 women and 20 men and was held for the 4th time since 2014. A total of 1323 women leaders have benefited from similar trainings since its inception.