The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Esperance Nyirasafari, made the call yesterday while officially inaugurating four houses constructed for the vulnerable victims of Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse.
The event held in Kawangire Cell of Rukara Sector was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, the Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazaire and the Chief Gender Monitor, Rose Rwabuhihi.
Minister noted that such support is meant to give hope to the victims and that the biggest part is the moral support that communities should accord to them as well.
Protection and promotion of the rights of the vulnerable, she said, is equally an obligation of everyone by breaking silence on such violations to “facilitate justice and set a precedent.”
Minister Nyirasafari also hinted on the issue of parents who abandon their parental obligations saying that it also amounts to child abandonment which is also a crime.
The fully-equipped houses constructed in Kayonza, Kamonyi, Gatsibo and Nyamagabe districts, by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and One UN Rwanda.
Each three-bedroom house consists of a separate kitchen, toilet and a water tank. The beneficiaries are mainly mothers who gave birth out of either defilement or rape.
The support is part of the country’s human security initiatives that aims at supporting the country’s development programmes and Isange One Stop Centre’s aftercare programme for victims.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana noted that GBV and child abuse are among the five leading high impact crimes in Rwanda alongside abuse of drugs and theft.
He noted that such abuses are approached as both a security and development issue.
“The future of this country depends on what we do today jointly to build a resourceful generation…free from all sorts of abuses and drugs and ensuring that criminals face Justice,” he said.
Similar inaugurations and handover of the houses to the beneficiaries were held concurrently in the three other districts.