GMO holds Dialogues with Local leaders in Ruhango and Kamonyi districts on their role in promoting gender accountability

The Gender Monitoring Office in collaboration with the Southern Province, have held gender accountability dialogues in Ruhango and Kamonyi districts on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 and Friday 25th March 2022 respectively; to discussed on the role of local leaders in promoting gender accountability and Gender Based Violence service delivery.

The dialogues are part of the ongoing programme for promoting gender accountability, being implemented in the Southern Province by the Gender Monitoring Office with the support of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) - UK Aid in Rwanda.

The dialogues were attended by all Village leaders in Ruhango and Kamonyi district, Executive secretaries of cells, executive secretaries of sectors, district representatives, Security and Justice Organs at district Level, governmental and Non-governmental institutions as well as faith-based organizations.

The dialogues have also been an opportunity for local leaders to share experience on their role in promoting gender equality and accountability in their respective communities. They particularly disused on effective ways to handle gender related issues. In regards to fighting Gender Based Violence, local leaders committed to increase awareness on GBV prevention and also report GBV cases timely.

"We stand for the interest of citizen. We all therefore have to ensure that both men and women are effectively served. Said Ms. Kayitesi Alice, the Governor of Southern Province, while opening the dialogues.

The Chief Gender Monitor Ms. Rose Rwabuhihi thanked local leaders and the leadership of Ruhango and Kamonyi districts and the southern province for their commitment to promote gender equality and account for it, noting that gender equality is of the "constitutional fundamental principles " which must be adhered to in order to attain an inclusive sustainable development.