Rwanda: 30 African countries in joint security exercise to end violence against women

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The joint operation exercise by representatives of security organs from 30 African countries kicked off Tuesday in Kigali, with Rwandan President Paul Kagame urging the military and police leadership to keep faith with the spirit of excellence in ending violence against women.

The three-day exercise is running under the theme: 'African Security Organs’ Synergy to End Violence Against Women and Girls' and it is taking place under the auspices of a continental initiative dubbed 'Kigali International Conference Declaration' (KICD), PANA reported.

Opening the exercise, Rwandan President Kagame stressed the need for enhancing  capacities of the multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary efforts within home settings and peace support operations to effectively prevent and holistically respond to  to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in conflict and post-conflict situations.

"But our starting point is that this kind of abuse is completely unacceptable," he said while insisting on strong collaboration between governments and security organs toward ending gender-based violence.

Reports have shown that violence against women and girls is the most widespread form of abuse worldwide, affecting  one- third of all women in their lifetime. It takes many forms -- physical, sexual, psychological and economic.

These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. Some types of violence, such as human trafficking cross national boundaries, the Rwandan police said in a statement

It is expected that this annual exercise, the second of its kind organised in Rwanda, will be conducted in two phases, including a two-day theoretical training aimed at enhancing understanding of trainees on International and regional legal instruments protecting women and girls against violence.

In addition, the training session whereby each country is represented by three officers drawn from defence forces, police institutions and the correctional services or prisons, will also be a forum for sharing best practices in addressing VAWG and victims’ management using a multi- sectoral approach, it said.

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18 august 2015 19:53:07

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