29 November 2017
Members of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) joined the rest of the Rwandan Community and Stakeholders in a countrywide campaign of 16 Days of Activism to end Violence against Women and Girls. The campaign under the theme: “End Violence against Women and Girls: Speak out” was organised by the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in collaboration with the national Social Cluster Ministries including the Ministry of Defence.
In this framework RDF launched Anti-Gender Based Violence (GBV) workshop in order to increase awareness on fight against GBV among military families in various districts of Rwanda. The workshop planned from 27 November to 5 December 2017, targets 1632 military spouses from Ngoma, Huye, Rusizi, Karongi, Rubavu and Musanze Districts.
The first session of these workshops was held in Ngoma District on 27 November 2017 and officially opened by the 211 Bde Commander, Col JOMBA GAKUMBA with the Deputy Mayor in charge of Social Affairs in Ngoma District, Mrs KIRENGA Providence.
In his remarks Col GAKUMBA JOMBA told the military spouses that RDF cares much on improving welfare of its members as well as their families. He urged the spouses to safeguard peace and harmony at their homes as well as their neighborhoods. “Once your husbands are excelling at their respective units, formations and abroad, it is quite certain that you are the contributing factors because charity begins at home”, said Col Jomba.
Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs of Ngoma District, Mrs KIRENGA Providence thanked RDF for such wonderful forum for military spouses. She further recalled the audience how the local authorities value RDF partnership, especially on security and development areas. She challenged military spouses to follow steps of their husbands (members of RDF); “We admire your husbands, hope you’re the ones who inspire them to do what they are doing”, we have no doubt that you will inspire your neighborhoods to stop Gender Based Violence as well, Mrs Kirenga concluded.
Participants were able to exchange knowledge on GBV cases and related laws, awareness on functioning of various RDF welfare facilities including Military Medical Insurance (MMI), Armed Forces Shop (AFOS) and ZIGAMA Credit and Saving Society (CSS).
MUSANABERA Jeanette one of the military spouses who attended the workshop appreciated the initiative and assures the RDF leadership that, their efforts to improve members’ wellbeing will not go in vain.
The workshop was planned by RDF Department in charge of Civil Military Cooperation (J9) in collaboration with other departments including MMI, CSS, AFOS and Military prosecution.