First ever ‘Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs’ starts today in Kigali

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Over 250 African women from security agencies across the continent are expected to converge in Kigali today, for a two-day conference under the auspice of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) to redraw strategies of their role in combatting crimes especially violence against women and girls, and child abuse.

The women officers are from police, army and prison services.

The convention dubbed ‘Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs’ is organised under the theme: “Women’s impact in security: rethinking strategy.”

It comes as a realisation of the 5th KICD General Assembly held in Algiers-Algeria in March this year.

According to Chief Supt. Lynder Nkuranga, the Coordinator of the conference, “Women in security organs play a major role in handling victims of Gender Based Violence and it’s on this note we will be discussing strategies to have a uniform approach.”

“Besides that, the convention intends to reflect on the significant role of women in security organs, share experiences, challenges, lessons learnt and renew commitment in order to enable participants to better understand the emerging international crimes and threats in relation to Violence Against Women and Girls, and how women in security organs can position themselves to prevent and respond to vice,” she added.

The convention that coincides with the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ will also be attended by experts in peace and security and other high level officials from governments, the UN Family, Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners.

Delegates are also expected to discuss the importance of involving women and effectively participating in peace efforts before, during and after conflicts, for the maintenance and promotion of sustainable peace and security.

“We will have detailed debates on the multi-disciplinary approach in preventing and responding to GBV and child abuse; the role of developmental organisations in promoting and protecting the rights of women, girls and children, gender equality for sustainable security and development as well as role of women in security organs in the current evolving crime environment,” said CSP Nkuranga.

At the sidelines of the convention, delegates will also attend the inauguration ‘Regional Center of Excellence’ facility at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

The center is a continental comprehensive system which has been put in place for the collection, management and sharing of GBV-related best practices and information.

It will also host the KICD secretariat and coordinate its activities, act as a research center, capacity building facility, advocacy data collection, information exchange and documentation of best practices.

It will further synchronize community policing outreach programmes, establish appropriate legal and organizational frameworks to support member states in the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children.

According to CSP Nkuranga, during the two-day conference, there will be an official launch of Isange One Stop Centre book titled “Rwanda’s Holistic Approach to Fighting Gender Based Violence and Child abuse: The Isange One Stop Centre Model.”

Isange, loosely translated as ‘feel at home’ is Rwanda’s multidisciplinary holistic approach that offers free medical, legal and psycho-socio services to victims of GBV and child abuse.

At least 28 Isange centres have so far been established across the country under the scale up programme

 

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