Over 250 African women from security agencies across the continent converge in Kigali for a two-day conference under the auspice of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) to redraw strategies of their role in combating crimes especially Gender Based violence (GBV).
The Kigali regional convention on Women in Security Organs that is taking place in Rwanda since this Monday 28th November 2016 coincides with the inauguration of Regional Centre of Excellence on ending violence against women and Girls, here in Kigali.
The Kigali international convention of women in security organs is taking place in the context of the 2010 Kigali International Conference Declaration on ending violence against women and girls’ framework and its action plan.
In his remark after inauguration of the center held at Rwanda National Police Headquaters Kacyiru; the Rwandan Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi commends the efforts of international organs to help in making up the projects and calls various institutions to maximise its use.
“The beautiful infrastructure is ready. We now need to maximise its use to ensure that we explore it to its full potential… I now call upon all the KICD Member States, to avail their best experts and provide full support towards full operationalization of the Centre.” PM added that it will boost Africa’s Security Organs’ collaborative effort in ending violence against women and girls.
The Kigali Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs themed “Women’s impact in Security, rethinking the strategy” is a golden opportunity for all of us to deeply reflect on significant role of women in security organs.
The convention is a platform to share experiences, analyse existing challenges and come up with solutions to effectively increase female participation in peace security processes at all levels. It also aims galvanizing the combined energies to find synergies to collectively increase efforts to end violence against women and girls.
Murekezi calls on the participants to refresh the past activities and their contributions to refocus on excellence issues to shape a forward looking strategy for bigger achievements.
“To achieve the objectives of this Convention, I urge all participants to 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 Convention coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and will therefore form part of that campaign and provide much needed momentum to the struggle against Gender Based Violence.
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