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African gender officials visit Isange One Centre

A delegation of 30 officials in charge of gender from various African countries attending an international conference on gender equality in Rwanda, yesterday, visited Isange One Centre at Kacyiru hospital, to learn from the centre’s achievements in as far addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV) is concerned.

The officials include ministers, Members of Parliament and medical practitioners, among others.

At Isange, they were received by Chief Supt. Lynder Nkuranga, the Deputy Commissioner for Public Relations, Media and Protocol at Rwanda National Police (RNP), who briefed them on the centre’s achievements since its inception in 2009, and gave them a guided tour.

She narrated the center’s modus operandi from the initial moment of receiving victims to the last stage where professionals assess the victims’ condition to discharge and delivering justice.

Chief Supt. Nkuranga briefed the officials on the comprehensive services provided at the centers including emergency actions, treatment, free legal services, trauma counseling and aftercare programmes

Tadesse Engida from Ethiopia lauded the holistic approach employed at Isange; a model he said should be benchmarked in other African countries.

Rukiya Mohamed from Southern Sudan observed that “most victims of GBV come from poor backgrounds…such aftercare programmes empower victims through socio-economic schemes and prevents further abuses.”

CSP Nkuranga explained that the center which has been scaled up to all district hospitals, in meant to provide professional services to victims and delivering justice to Rwandans.

Earlier on, the center was also visited by officials from the Swedish Police lead by Inspector, Thereza Skogbund Shokarabi, who also toured various wings including the psycho-socio, counseling and the children wings.

“This is very important…, Rwandans are really in the lead for equality and justice” said Shokarabi.

The global gender gap 2017, by the world economic forum findings report, indicates that Rwanda climbed one place to fourth, globally.

The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment Src: RNP
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The Express News

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