The Minister for Gender and Family Promotion Oda Gasinzigwa called upon parents, neighbors and local leaders in Musanze district to step up and stop the trafficking of children and their abuse and protect their rights.
“It is shaming to be dealing with child trafficking but we will stop it whichever way. All you need to participate in this campaign is by having information on the whereabouts of your children all the times, keep them away from bars, prostitution and drugs,” said Minister Gasinzigwa, on a campaign to sensitize people on the dangers of Gender Based Violence and fight the girl child trafficking in Ubworoherane Stadium in Musanze district.
The minister told participants that GBV and child abuse are a threat to social economic development of the country.
The National Police of Rwanda partnership with Ministry of Family and Gender Promotion (MIGEPROF) started a campaign to sensitize residents on the dangers of Gender Based Violence and fight the girl child trafficking in Ubworoherane Stadium in Musanze district on August 25.
Noting that government has taken several measures to stem gender based violence, the minister stressed that nothing can be achieved without youth involvement.
“Child abuse and child trafficking are normally caused by people’s greed who sell the children to other countries for labour to get money in exchange”.
People were asked to work with the police and provide information on GBV, child abuse and trafficking lest the culprits and their accomplices will be punished by the law.
“Rwanda has achievedmuch in terms of development and it should not be dealing with cases of Gender Based Violence and child abuse compared to what we have overcome,” said IGP Emmanuel Gasana, the Inspector General of Police during the function.
According to police reports, child abuse related crimes had reduced from 1680 in 2012 to 1440 in 2013. Rape crimes increased from 244 in 2012 to 280 in 2013.
Domestic feuds based on GBV led to 36 deaths among married couples in 2012 and 49 deaths by 2013. “This number of deaths can be history only if local residents work with the Police by providing information on time and prevent domestic conflicts as well as GBV” Gasana said
The campaign to fight GBV and Child Abuse and Trafficking is themed “Act together in Prevention and Response to GBV AND Child Abuse”.