The newly appointed deputy chief gender monitors have been called on to devise necessary measures to uproot gender based violence (GBV) in families.
The call was made on Thursday by the Chief Justice, Prof. Sam Rugege during the swearing in ceremony of deputy gender monitors at the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) and land titles registrars at the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority.
Rugege said that some married women are still denied property rights, a factor which orchestrates violence in families.
“We are calling upon chief gender monitors and the whole team to put much focus on the fight against gender based violence in households which sometimes cause deaths. Inequality among partners is still common and girls are denied equal rights with boys to property,” he said.
He urged the gender monitors to ensure continuous awareness about gender equality.
“You should tell people that gender equality is not about competition, shunning of responsibilities or winners and losers, it’s a right requiring mutual respect between couples,” he noted.
Land titles registrars
Rugege also told the land titles registrars that were sworn in to maintain integrity and honesty.
“Land owners, government institutions in charge of economic development, infrastructures and more specifically institutions in charge of land disputes resolutions expect much from you, so you need to make sure that no one loses his property in unclear circumstances,” he said.
He called on them to deliver services in a timely manner and avoid corruption.
Jean-Paul Kabera, the new Deputy Chief Gender Monitor at GMO said they would start their work from where their predecessors stopped, and will cooperate with other staff to come up with new measures to fight gender violence.