A students’ Gender Club at the School of Finance and Banking (SFB), Saturday, held a non-violence awareness campaign, to sensitise the student population in the fight against Gender based Violence and all other forms of violence.
According to the Minister of Gender in the students’ guild council, Diana Mukundwa, the new initiative at the school is aimed at tirelessly inculcating the same ideas of non-violence to other Universities, NGO’s, families and every community to ensure that everyone stops all forms of gender based violence.
“Non-Violence Awareness Day was specifically thought of to inform the SFB community and indeed the citizens of our country what gender based violence is and try to find how we can help eliminate it in our societies as intellectuals,” said Mukundwa.
Speaking at the function that was well attended, Dr. Diana Gashumba who was representing the minister of Gender and Family Promotion extolled the students for holding such an important event.
“It is good that the efforts to fight gender based violence have started with the young people in higher learning institutions like you because all this fight is not meant to benefit the government only but everyone including you,” she said.
Member of Parliament Yvonne Uwayisenga highlighted the different forms of violence and current situation of GBV in the country.
She also took the participants through what parliament has done to revise laws such as family law, land law and others, that were seen as intensifying GBV.
Speaking on behalf of the school of management, Moses Kaijuka condemned violence that is carried out on women and children.
“Violence is wrong and immoral because it leaves everyone in a state of monologue other than dialogue,” he said.
He however praised the government of Rwanda for having done a lot in emancipating the women and reminded the students that they belonged to a country which has the highest number of women in decision making places.
Students were later drawn in dialogue to find ways how they can help the people around them avoid all sorts of violence.