Fight against GBV ‘needs concerted efforts’

The battle against Gender Based Violence (GBV) should be the responsibility of every Rwandan if the country is to attain zero tolerance to the vice, a top police officer has said.Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Vianney Nshimiyimana, made the call, yesterday, during a town hall meeting ahead of today’s launch of a week-long campaign against GBV.
Chief Gender Monitor Oda Gasinzigwa (L) and ACP Vianney Nshimiyimana at the meeting yesterday. The New Times / J Mbanda
Chief Gender Monitor Oda Gasinzigwa (L) and ACP Vianney Nshimiyimana at the meeting yesterday. The New Times / J Mbanda

The battle against Gender Based Violence (GBV) should be the responsibility of every Rwandan if the country is to attain zero tolerance to the vice, a top police officer has said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Vianney Nshimiyimana, made the call, yesterday, during a town hall meeting ahead of today’s launch of a week-long campaign against GBV.

“According to our records, there is a remarkable decrease in the number of GBV cases since the beginning of the year, but a lot remains to be done,” Nshimiyimana said.

He added: “Our efforts are now directed towards completely doing away with these cases in families or communities.”

In her speech, the Chief Gender Monitor at GMO, Odda Gasinzigwa, commended the national police saying it has played an active role in the fight against the vice.

“Intensifying this campaign needs us to come together to identify areas to tackle so as to manage or deal with the various cases of GBV, some of which are psychological,” Gasinzigwa observed.

Emmanuel Nzaramba, an advisor at the Ministry of Gender, said that effective measures are being taken to reunite street children with their parents or taken to orphanages.

Officials pointed out that drugs were a major cause for GBV cases, urging the public to desist from drug abuse.

The campaign comes at a time when the government is also urging for stronger family values. 

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