The conference brought together about 250 military, police and prisons officers from 37 African countries, signatory to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) to end Gender Based Violence (GBV). The concluded convention was held under the theme “Women’s impact in security: rethinking strategy.”
In his remarks, Minister Busingye congratulated African Women in Security Organs for a fruitful convention to end Gender Based Violence. “A fight against GBV is a fight for good governance, development, human rights and dignity” Minister Busingye pointed out. He called delegates from across the continent to, when they go back to their respective countries, translate resolutions adopted during the Conference into actions and continue making impact on ending GBV.
On the sidelines of the conference, participants conducted a walk from Parliament to Kigali Convention Center organized in the framework of 16 Days of Activism against GBV campaign.
Addressing delegates at the end of the walk, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Hon Nyirasafali Esperance reiterated the commitment of the Government of Rwanda to eradicate GBV, as it has elevated this problem into a matter of national security. “Strong legal and policy frameworks were enacted and measures have been adopted to ensure their effective implementation, Security and Justice Organs are strongly intolerant for such crimes”, she said. She further underlined that Rwanda is ready to continue sharing its experience and provide support where needed.
The just concluded Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs resolved to encourage more women to effectively participate in peace and security building, as well as in efforts towards ending Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse.