According to the research done by the committee that fights violence and abuse in Bugesera district, more than 20 families experience Gender Based Violence in every sector and this is mainly caused by not understanding what abuse or violence is.
This committee is therefore conducting sensitization to all residents of Bugesera district to explain to them the kinds of abuse usually done in families and the kind of support given as Pascasie Umutoni the coordinator of National Women Council (CNF) in Manyange sector.
“What we are sure about is that there is abuse among the women, children or men and in different levels.”
According to this research, in Mayange sector, 32 families were found to be experiencing GBV and women are mainly affected by it. Ms. Umutoni said; “some of these families brought to light men who are abused and also female children are more abused especially by not getting the same treatment and rights like their brothers.”
According to Appolinalie Bamuramye who is in charge of family promotion in Bugesera district, training in all levels of leadership, sensitization program, visiting and teaching conflicting families should be done to eradicate GBV.
“This will be done with the support of the district and local leaders up to the village level. We have trained those in charge of fighting GBV on sector levels and they will train others on the cell and village level” says Bamuramye.
The types of abuse and the kind of help given to an individual abused were explained, rights and responsibilities of each person and the gender concept were discussed fully especially to the conflicting couples as a measure to reduce family conflicts.
The committee will perform another research to find out if the measures and teachings provided were effective in curbing down GBV.
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