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Rwanda Peace Academy trains Officers on Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Musanze, 16 January 2017

Twenty seven Military, Police and Civilians Officers from Comoro,Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda have officially started a two week long Training of Trainers session on Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at Rwanda Peace Academy, Musanze District, on 16 January 2017.

The training is organised by Rwanda Peace Academy and funded by the Government of United Kingdom through the British Peace Support Team, East Africa (BPST-EA).

Rwanda Peace Academy leadership considers SGBV as a serious humanitarian threat that needs every one’s attention.

“Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges today. It takes various forms and occurs in diverse situations and contexts across the world. In conflict-affected states, for example, rape is often used as a strategy of warfare to undermine the enemy and to demoralise and destabilise communities”, said Maj Marcel Mbabazi, Rwanda Peace Academy Head Training who officiated the Course opening ceremony on behalf of the RPA Director.

The RPA Head of Training further called for every one’s contribution in the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

“Prevention and response to SGBV deserves the closest attention of everybody, from individuals to communities, from State Officials to ordinary citizens. SGBV is a violation of human rights and includes sexual violence, physical violence, emotional and psychological abuse, harmful traditional practices, and socio-economic abuses”, he disclosed before underlining that acts of SGBV during and in the aftermath of armed conflict and disaster are widespread and have serious impacts on individuals, their families and society as a whole.

On behalf of the British High Commission and BPST-EA, Col (Rtd) Andre Grobbelaar, the British Peace Support Team, East Africa Police Advisor, noted that the UK Government has put preventing Sexual Violence in conflict at the heart of its international agenda.

“This course starting today is a new phase of building up training techniques for those already identified as champions of good practice-that is all of you today! This course provides skills to turn theoretical knowledge into practical activity. This is also an opportunity to refresh old relationships and to establish new ones. You will only benefit from this course as much as you contribute to discussions, absorb from others experiences and share your knowledge”, Col (Rtd) Andre Grobbelaar concluded.

The Regional Course that kicks off on 16 January 2016 at Rwanda Peace Academy will be closed on 27 January 2017.