Gender Accountability Day Activities Continue in Gicumbi District

The activities for the Gender Accountability Day campaign continue in Gicumbi district in efforts to institutionalize gender accountability at decentralized levels as per the objective of the Gender Accountability Day initiative.

The Gender Accountability Day was initiated by Gender Monitoring Office in 2017, as a mechanism to institutionalize gender accountability and promote effective service delivery in fighting gender-based violence at community level.

Gender Accountability Day activities conducted in Gicumbi district include legalization of marriages for families that have been living in illegal marriage, registration of children that were not registered in civil registration books and dialogues with community leaders and service providers at community level on their role in promoting gender accountability and fighting gender-based violence.

Other forums organized as part of GAD activities in Gicumbi district include dialogues with teen mothers, their parents and service providers to discuss on issues they face and how they can be reintegrated.

Special community dialogue "Inteko z'abaturage" were also conducted to advance gender accountability and GBV service delivery. More particularly, special community dialogues have been an opportunity to legalize marriages for families., for instance 173 families legalized their marriage in special community dialogue conducted in Rushaki sector, while 781 families legalized their marriages across the district.

The minister of interior Hon. Alfred Gasana who was the guest of honor at Rushaki Special community dialogue reminded the community to live in harmony and legally married in accordance of the law. "You should also prevent any act of gender-based violence in your families" the minister urged them.

Other conducted activities include dialogues with youth on their role in promoting gender accountability and fighting Gender Based Violence. Dialogues with other categories that include members of the business community, Friends of the Family - Volunteers "Inshuti z'Umuryango", Community health workers and Governance agents "Imboni z'Imiyoborere" will also be conducted. More specifically, the above categories were involved since they are among first responders that are near to people in case of any gender-based violence issue.

Gender Accountability Day campaign was initiated in 2017 and Gicumbi is the 7th district to host the Gender Accountability Day campaign after six other districts namely Rulindo, Nyagatare, Ngororero, Nyaruguru, Gatsibo, Muhanga and Gicumbi.