This Friday April 28th, The First Lady of Ethiopia, Roman Tesfaye, visited Isange One Stop Centre situated at Kacyiru District Hospital, where she witnessed the role it plays in response to sexual and gender based violence, and facilitating the judicial system.
Mrs. Tesfaye, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and East African Community Affairs, Rosemary Mbabazi. There were received at the centre by the State Minister in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi. Police was represented by CP Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa, the director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory, and the coordinator of Isange one stop centres, Supt. Shafiga Murebwayire, among others.
The First Lady of Ethiopia, who was given an overview and a guided tour to various wings of the centre, described it as “comprehensive and humanity.”
“This One Stop Centre is comprehensive and humanity is best expressed. I am grateful for those, who contributed for its establishment and functioning as well, and justice deeds,” Mrs. Tesfaye said.
Isange, which started in 2009 as a pilot project, offers free medical, psycho-socio and legal services to victims of gender based violence and child abuse.
The Kacyiru-based Isange, according to the coordinator Supt. Murebwayire, has received over 15, 000 cases since its establishment, of which 87 percent are female while 57 percent of the total registered cases are children aged below 18 years.
“We have so far set up Isange in 45 hospitals across the country as part of the scale-up programme,” said Supt. Murebwayire.
She further explained that as part of their aftercare programme, they work with local leaders to fully integrate victims in their respective communities.
Gender Based Violence in Rwanda is in five categories: Physical violence, Emotional violence, Economical violence, Psychological violence and Sexual violence.
Data from NPPA shows 1840 cases de child defilement and 313 cases of rape in 2014. In schools, cases of rape and sexual violence in primary are more epidemic (72%) than in secondary (22%) of cases.
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Jean Baptiste Karegeya
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