GMO and Muhanga District hold a dialogue with youth on their role in promoting gender equality

The Gender Monitoring Office in collaboration with Muhanga District have on Thursday 14th October 2021 held a dialogue with youth in Muhanga district to discuss and highlight their role in promotion of gender equality and fighting gender based violence and other social-economic issues that hinder their own development.

The dialogue which took place at ED and ANN ZINKE Gahogo Conference Hall in Muhanga district is part of activities of Gender Accountability Day campaign which is, every year, organized by Gender Monitoring Office to institutionalize Gender Accountability at decentralized levels.

The dialogue was attended by youth representatives from Universities, hospitality industry, small scale businesses, cooperatives, religious and faith based institutions, youth bicyclists, motorcyclists, youth living with disabilities, unemployed youth as well as youth representatives in local government structures.

According to the mayor of Muhanga district Ms. KAYITARE Jacqueline, youth is at the center of Rwanda’s development and social economic transformation. “The contribution of youth in promoting gender equality and fighting gender based violence is thus key to ensure an inclusive and sustained development” the Mayor said.

While opening the dialogue, the Governor of Southern Province Ms. Kayitesi Alive said that in Rwanda gender equality is a strategy for country’s development. “Men and women have equal rights and equal opportunities in all. I thus urge you to always exploit these opportunities for own development and development of our country” the governor added.

During the dialogue, youth committed to be at the forefront in promoting gender equality and fighting gender based violence though raising awareness for their peers on gender equality and gender based Violence prevention and response, contribute in fighting teenage pregnancy, human trafficking and drug abuse. Specifically, the youth committed to always report any suspected gender based violence case for quick response and support to the victim.

The Chief Gender Monitor Ms. Rose Rwabuhihi thanked youth for their participation and commitments made during the dialogue to enhance their role in promoting gender equality and fighting Gender Based Violence.

The Gender Accountability Day has so far been conducted in five districts namely Rulindo, Nyagatare, Ngororero, Nyaruguru and Gatsibo.