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Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs’ kicks off in Kigali

On 28 November 2016, Rt Hon Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi officially opened the Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs.

The two-day conference held at Kigali Convention Centre, is attended by military, police and prison services female officers from 37 African countries.  It has been organised in the framework of the 2010 Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD).

The convention dubbed ‘Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs’ is organised under the theme: “Women’s impact in security: rethinking strategy.”

In his remarks, Rt Hon Prime Minister Murekezi reiterated that Rwanda is committed than ever to end Gender Based Violence (GBV), emphasizing that the Government has invested in strong institutions able to work and provide package.

Prime Minister Murekezi said the current conference will boost Africa’s Security Organs' collaborative effort in ending violence against women and girls. “This Convention provides a platform to share experiences, analyse existing challenges and come up with solutions to end GBV”, he said.

Prior to the opening of the Conference, Prime Minister Murekezi inaugurated the Regional Center of Excellence against GBV and Child abuse at Rwanda National Police Headquarters in Kacyiru. The center is a continental comprehensive system which has been put in place for the collection, management and sharing of GBV-related best practices and information.

The convention that coincides with the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ is attended by experts in peace and security and other high level of?cials from governments, the UN Family, Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners.

The opening ceremony was attended by different high dignitaries including Ministers for Gender and Family Promotion from Rwanda and Uganda, Hon Nyirasafari Esperance and Hon Mutuuzo Peace, respectively. Hon Minister of Defence, Gen James Kabarebe, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Hon Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, State Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs in MINIJUST, Evode Uwizeyimana and the UN resident coordinator in Rwanda, Mr. Lamin M. Manneh, were also present.