The Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi has asked delegates attending the Africa Convention of Women in Security Organs to share experiences; analyse existing challenges and come up with solutions to effectively increase female participation in peace security processes at all levels.
The Premier made the remarks yesterday, while officiating the two-day convention in Kigali that drew over 250 delegates from 37 African Countries that are signatory to the Kigali International Conference Declaration.
The convention that is taking place in the context of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) on ending violence against women and girls is held under the theme; “Women’s impact in security: rethinking strategy.”
PM Murekezi noted that the convention should combine their energy to find synergies to collectively increase efforts to end violence against women and girls adding that it’s golden opportunity to deeply reflect on significant role of women in security organs.
“Take stock of past programmed activities and their impact, identify bottlenecks and then refocus on outstanding issues as they seek to shape a forward looking strategy for bigger impact and achievements,” the Premier said.
The conference is a realisation of the 5th KICD General Assembly held in Algiers-Algeria in March this year.
It coincides with the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, and it is expected to form part of that campaign and provide much needed momentum to the struggle against GBV.
“Let us all together, rethink of our contribution to find innovative ways to bring this change and implement strategies that aim to involve women and their effective participation in peace efforts for the maintenance and promotion of sustainable peace and security,” he said.
Speaking about Rwanda’s experience, the Premier said that, the country is very committed to the fight against GBV and has invested in strong and capable institutions able to work together to provide a comprehensive package of support to the victims whilst being strategic to have effective prevention.
One UN Residence Coordinator, Lamin M. Manneh attributed Rwanda’s success in fighting GBV and child abuse to President Paul Kagame’s leadership.
He noted that the Rwanda exhibits collective commitment in ending GBV and Child abuse.
“The convention is a noble cause and indeed, women in security organs understands well effects of GBV and can play a lead role in responding to it. This is a global call for action and to put efforts together in pressing the world the right context we want,” said Manneh.
He further recognised that the choices of Rwanda hosting the meeting offers a great opportunity for delegates to learn from her commendable model of fighting GBV.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana noted that the convection is yet another milestone registered by the African security organs and partners.
“Our joint effort is key in fighting this scourge across the continent, the perpetrators must be brought to book and the survivors reinstated,” IGP Gasana said.
He also took stock of what has been achieved by KICD since its establishment six years ago
“Various working policy documents were developed, several joint exercise plays in prevention and response to Sexual and GBV were conducted and Training manuals were developed.”
With regards to the convention, the Police Chief expressed hope that delegates would come up with concrete resolutions to both operationalize the center and strategically position the security organs to deal with SGBV cases.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Kheira Messaoudene from Algeria who represented the KICD Chairperson, spoke at length about Africa’s experience with regard to GBV and child abuse.
“I am hopeful that by early next year, AfriPol will becomes operational, it will define the most appropriate way of realising the recommendations from this meeting…the most important thing is that youth, who are much concerned with this issue, are on board in this fight,” she said.
Afripol is a continental police body that brings together varied police organisation.
The convention saw delegates holding in-depth debates on the best strategies in ending the scourge of GBV and child abuse.