16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Gender-based violence is a universal reality existing in all societies regardless of economic status, class, culture or any other diversity. Many women and girls have, and are experiencing this form of violence which has adversely affected their well being as well as effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. This occurs due to the patriarchal nature of the society and harmful cultural beliefs, which suppress women and leaves them to suffer in silence. These inhumane acts have continued to prevent women and girls from achieving their maximum potentials and compromise their physical and psychological integrity. The consequences for children who survive GBV are especially grave. Sexual violence against children was identified as the most common violent crime in Rwanda. For instance 65% of survivors treated at Isange-One-Stop Center in Kigali are children, with 94.5% being girls. The highest cases of defilement in Kigali and the southern province were committed in Gasabo & Ruhango districts.

In partnership with GIZ, on 28th November 2017 HAGURUKA NGO launched officially 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence in Rusororo sector-Mbandazi Cell. 16Day of activism is an international annual campaign that was started by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991. Normally the 16 Days run from 25th November ‘’the International Day against Violence against Women’’, to 10th December ‘’the International Human Rights Day’’, to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights. During this period, Haguruka provides legal aid service though mobile legal clinic aproach in 3 sectors of Gasabo District including Bumbogo, Ndera and Rusororo sector.