Rwanda: WB gives US$107 million to end gender-based violence in Great Lakes

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Bank has allocated US$107 million to support three countries of the Great Lakes region in their efforts to end violence against women, an official source said on Wednesday in Kigali.

According to a document from the Bank the funding was especially dedicated to provide integrated health and counseling services, legal aid, and economic opportunities to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

It is expected that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will receive about US$74 million, while Burundi and Rwanda are expected to benefit  US$15 million each.

The Great Lakes Emergency and Women’s Health initiative seeks to offer integrated services to sexual and gender-based violence survivors, especially to expand access to much-needed maternal and reproductive health services in the DRC and Burundi.

According to the document, the scheme also aims to support and complement the ongoing efforts of these governments and their partners, including UN agencies and NGOs operating in these countries.

The assistance includes a component that aims to address the consequences that the pervasive conflict has taken on women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where security remains fragile and public services are weak. In Burundi and Rwanda, violence against women remains an important issue.
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06 august 2014 22:43:57




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