A delegation of officials from the Central African Republic (CAR) currently on a study tour in the country, visited Isange One Stop Centre at Kacyiru District Hospital on November 4, purposely to learn from Rwanda’s model in fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV)
The officials are from the Ministry of Social Affairs and National Reconciliation.
The delegation which was led by Dr. Ephrem Kosh Komba, the Director of Cabinet in the Ministry Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, was received by the Director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory, Commissioner of Police (CP) Daniel Nyamwasa who gave them an overview and a grand tour at the center.
“Isange is a multidisciplinary and holistic approach that binds various institutions responsible for fighting and preventing GBV including the ministries of Gender and Family Promotion, Health and Justice; the creation of Isange came as idea to harmonise scattered efforts in responding and handling the increased cases of GBV and child abuse,” CP Nyamwasa explained.
In his reaction, Dr. Kosh Komba said: “We came to Rwanda to partly witness how you have managed to fight gender based violence. What we have seen, especially here at Isange… it’s amazing and commendable how security institutions in Rwanda work together with other institutions to offer services to victims in one organized and well equipped place.”
He observed that, in CAR like in many other countries, gender based violence is still a big issue…” victims don’t get justice which is different from Rwanda as we have witnessed, where victims are helped psychologically, given medical care and legal services.”