Rwanda: Actionaid Boosts Fight Against GBV


National Police's anti-gender based violence (GBV) offices received computers and cameras worth Rwf 8.5 million from Actionaid Rwanda to support their efficiency in curbing the vice.

The equipment will be dispersed to Police GBV offices in Nyaruguru District, Southern Province and Musanze District, Northern Province, in a bid to circulate capacity of all their offices.

Upon her tour of police facilities, Joanna Kerr, the Chief Executive of Actionaid International, pledged more support in terms of training and equipment to aid police.

She singled out the police hospital in Kacyiru, Kigali, as a facility that Actionaid would assist in order to foster partnership.

"At Actionaid, we are motivated to provide relief to women and children who suffer domestic violence just because of their gender; the National Police is utilising the few resources at its disposal to perform an extraordinary task that is beneficial to the vulnerable groups in Rwanda," she said.

Police Spokesman, TheosBadege, commended Actionaid for lending a hand in the fight against domestic violence.

"We run anti-GBV desks in all its offices countrywide, with councillors, legal advisors and activists. We work with various stakeholders, both from government and the private sector, to ensure that peace prevails because its part and parcel of the country's development," he said.

Police statistics indicate that there were 4,680 GBV related cases reported and acted upo