Violence Against Women: Kagame Warns Against “Culture Of Silence”


ampoule information pills geneva;”>“It is unacceptable that one in every three women around world has been beaten, and sexually assaulted or abused,” said Kagame on Thursday.

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The President was Thursday speaking at the launch of Africa Unite Command Post Exercise.

Africa Unite brings together 172 participants from across Africa to learn best practices in ending Violence against Women and Girls.

33 African countries are represented at the Command Post exercise.

Kagame said that ending violence against women and girls is a “moral duty, a legal obligation and definition of who we are as a nation.”

“More can and should be done to ensure the safety of women and Rwanda remains committed to this cause. We need to ensure that security forces do not perpetuate the culture of silence around violence against women and girls,” he added.

The President emphasized that Rwanda should “reject the notion that violence against women and girls is African,” adding, “issues of handling violence against women and girls should be an integral part of training of security and law enforcement.”

He said every sector has its role to play and efforts need to be intensified to eradicate violence against ladies.

“I am happy to see that Africa’s security organs are at frontline of the battle against gender based violence,” said Kagame.

Earlier, Clotilde Gasarabwe, Assistant United Nations Secretary General, appreciated the great strides made in fighting gender based violence and advancing gender equality in Rwanda.

The Command Post Exercise Director John Bosco Kabera said the training is based on one stop center where victims receive physical and psychological support.


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