The eight-man delegation led by the Minister of Women and Children Promotion in Ethiopia, Demitu Hambisa Bonsa, has visited Isange One Stop Center, Kacyiru and Gahaya Links, a Rwandan handicraft company dedicated to women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.
After being briefed about services provided by Isange One Stop Center, Minister Hambisa said that they learnt a lot that they believe could help their country in promoting lives of women and children.
“We have come to learn from Isange One Stop Center and other programmes aimed at fighting against gender based violence. We have seen how different problems are being solved through counseling and other support for a victim of gender based violence. Our country has started this move, but we are yet to align them. We have learnt how Police partner with different institutions in fighting against gender based violence” said Hambisa.
Hambisa said that Rwanda is a global model in fighting against violence.
“Rwanda is a good model for many African countries in terms of gender promotion and children’s rights protection. We believe that Rwanda is a country to learn from towards success,” she added.
She said that in Ethiopia, lives of women and children are hampered with early marriages, rape and family violence among others. She said the government continues to fight them using different campaigns and legal actions against offenders.
During their tour, the delegation also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site where they paid tribute to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi victims.