Ruhango: Pentecostal church in anti-GBV drive

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 15 November 2016 saa 12:26
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The Pentecostal Church in Ruhango district has reinforced the Rwanda National Police (RNP) efforts against domestic and gender based violence.

On November 13, the church in partnership with the District Police Unit (DPU) of Ruhango met with 73 married couples in one-day training on responding and preventing the vice.

Speaking on behalf of the Pentecostal church in Ruhango, Pastor Louis Rwigamba noted that by ensuring peace and harmony in families and communities partly fulfils their evangelical scriptures.

He urged the couples to seek God in their relationships and to always find solution for their domestic challenges.

He pledged continued partnership with Rwanda National Police to ensure peaceful communities.

Inspector of Police (IP) Angelique Abijuru, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Ruhango, took the couples through legal instruments against domestic and gender based violence, and child abuse.

Among the laws she highlighted include law N°59/2008 OF 10/09/2008 on Prevention and Punishment of Gender Based Violence.

The article defines GBV as any act that results in a bodily, psychological, sexual and economic harm to somebody just because they are female or male.

“Such acts result in the deprivation of freedom and negative consequences. This violence may be exercised within or outside a home… it is forbidden to use drugs, films, signs, language, and other means with the intention of exercising gender based violence, which we must all fight by reporting affected families,” she said.

With regards to child abuse, IP Abijuru said that, parent, trustee or any other person responsible for a child should protect the latter against any form of violence.

At the end of a one day trainings, participants agreed to enhance their cooperation with security organs especially through reporting cases of GBV to security organs, improve communication between the couples and ensure they go through civil marriage for those cohabiting.