Burundi: CIRGL secures US$3 million from IDA to fight gender-based sexual violence

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive board of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) announced Friday that it has secured 1.95 million Special Drawing Rights, equivalent to US$ 3 million, from the International Development Association (IDA) for implementation of a regional emergency project to fight against gender-based sexual violence (SGBV).

The project aims to expand the provision of services to mitigate the short and medium term impact of sexual and gender based violence in the Great Lakes region, according to a press released issued by CIRGL in Bujumbura.

It said that the grant complements efforts from other development partners to support implementation of the Kampala 2011 Declaration on SGBV, signed by 11 heads of state and government of ICGLR member countries, as well as develop the institutional capacity of the ICGLR Secretariat.

The Conference member states are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Gender-based sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war in the Great Lakes region which is still affected by armed conflicts between rebel groups and regular forces, more particularly in DRC.

The World Bank-supported Women’s Health Project focuses on offering  integrated services to SGBV survivors in the Great Lakes region.
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