The Gender Monitoring Office in collaboration with the Southern Province, have on Wednesday 02nd March 2022, held a dialogue with local leaders in Huye district to discuss on their role in promoting accountability to gender equality and fighting gender based violence in the community.
The dialogue took a place at the University of Rwanda (UR) Huye Campus; and was part of activities of the ongoing gender accountability promotion programme piloted by Gender Monitoring Office in the Southern Province with the support of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) - UK Aid in Rwanda.
The dialogue was attended by all Village leaders in Huye district, Executive secretaries of cells, executive secretaries of sectors, district representatives, Security and Justice Organs at district Level, governmental and Non-governmental institutions and faith-based organizations.
"We are here as leaders, standing for citizens that elected us. I would thus call up on everyone to ensure that we serve them effectively, and consider them as priority while providing services", Said Sebutege Ange, the Mayor of Huye district while opening the meeting.
The Governor of Southern Province Ms. Kayitesi Alice said that respecting gender equality is key, in order to ensure equal rights and opportunities to all, including men and women.
The dialogue has been an opportunity for local leaders to share experience on effective ways of handling gender related issues in their respective communities. They also committed to strive and ensure that their villages are free of gender based violence thorough mobilizing community to prevent GBV issues and report them timely for handling.
The Chief Gender Monitor Ms. Rose Rwabuhihi thanked local leaders and the leadership and Huye district and southern province for their commitment to promote gender equality and account for it, noting that gender equality is a "constitutional principle" which must be adhered to in order to attain an inclusive sustainable development