On 6-7 December, 2012, during the commemoration of 16 days of activism on violence against women Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) in collaboration with Muhanga District authorities organized meetings with the local population of Muhanga and Kabacuzi sectors. These meetings aimed at receiving and resolving gender based violence and injustice.
During these meetings, the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor in charge of fighting against injustice and gender based violence, Madam Kabageni Eugénie, explained to the population the background of the commemoration of 16 days of activism on violence against women and the GMO responsibilities.
Speaking about the GMO mandate of receiving complaints of gender-based injustice and violence, the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor took an opportunity to call upon all stakeholders operating at district level and the entire population to fight against gender based injustice and violence because they constitute a big obstacle to sustainable development.
Among the GBV and injustice cases received, economic violence was predominant. For this type of GBV, there were cases of land related problems among family members. Other GBV cases received were related to physical and sexual violence against women. Some of the GBV cases received were immediately resolved, and others were oriented to competent institutions for action.
This activity of receiving and resolving GBV cases involved various stakeholders, such as Muhanga district authorities, the Responsible of MAJ at District level, Rwanda National Police, Sector and Cell authorities, representatives of Civil Society and religious organizations.
The celebration of 16 days of activism on violence against women is held from 25 November to 10 December every year. The objective of the celebration of these days is to advocate for prevention and response to GBV through behavior change and response to GBV victims. Every year a theme is issued by the United Nations, but every country aligns it to its own problems. The theme for the year 2012 worldwide is “From Peace in the home to Peace in the World: Let’s challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women.” At the national level the theme is “From Peace in the home to Peace in the World: Together let’s End Gender Based Violence”.