Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of the human rights concerns that has lifelong implications on a survivors health and other social aspects. The outcomes are even graver in resource poor settings. Rwandans give their views on how women can overcome fear and speak out on Gender Based Violence.
“Educating women on how to open up when they have been abused would be one of the many measures that will curb down on GBV in homes.” Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Abused women fear to expose the perpetrators because they are not sure of their protection. Abused women are in most cases scared that the criminal will come after them if they are reported. Therefore they should be offered security.” Brenda Uwase, Media Student at United Media Consultancy and Trainers.
“Victims of abuse, have to open up to a friend or a family member. Fear leads to mental breakdown but when a victim talks to someone, they come out of agony. Talking to a counselor or doctor helps since they can report the matter to institutions that deal with violence cases.” Elizabeth Rugina, Asset Register Officer, King Faisal Hospital.
“It is usually the women who are powerless socially and economically that are scared of reporting their abusive husbands. Women forums should not tire but maintain their record of promoting women’s rights.” Shyaka Kanuma, Chief Editor, Rwanda Focus Newspaper.