Both men and women should be involved in tackling rape


People march in Remera, Kigali during the launch of the '16 Days of Activism' campaign aimed to mobilise action towards ending violence against women and girls across the globe last year. (Net photo)


Refer to Gatete Nyiringabo’s article,“Moccasin Walk Exercise: Dealing with rape of young women in Kigali” (The New Times, February 7). Let the women speak for themselves; a man serving as a “voice” for rape culture is patriarchy. I’m sure we have a lot of Rwandan women writers who could have written a better article.

In other words, give women a voice, stop speaking over them and more importantly stop speaking for them. That being said, more men need to recognise the major role they have played in maintaining these patriarchal/rapist structures.



Issues with rape and patriarchy must be discussed by both sides if we want to address them.

I applaud Mr Gatete for starting the conversation. Also, it’s highly likely that if a woman came and wrote about sex this openly, people would be wagging tongues about her, and paying less attention to the substance of her article.



With due respect, I do not think this is a “let the women do their own talk” kind of situation. Mr Gatete spoke up and I applaud him.

We need all voices to fight those human rights abuses. If infants are being abused, you won’t suggest to let other infants do the talk right? Raping a woman is not a gender debate or a clash of opinions between men and women. It is a crime against humanity and it concerns all of us – old and young, women and men, and whatever other categories we can come up with.

Coco Rulinda


Allow me to quote the author, “Invited on ‘In Focus’ show on RBA, a spokesperson from police insisted the victims should have ‘reported in time’, meaning in under 72 hours, for the crimes to be investigated and the perpetrator convicted: ‘at this point it’s difficult to prove’, both regretted.”

I hope I read you correctly. Do you mean that in our country, in 2018, the Statute of Limitation is 72 hours? In law, the Statute of Limitation is a period beyond which you cannot sue someone for a wrong she or he committed against you.  

In most countries, especially in the West, it is six years and some states in USA are even trying to make it longer with women now coming out with allegations of sexual harassment that occurred decades ago.