The World Bank Group has entered a deal worth US$15 million (approximately Rfw10 Billion) that will enable Rwanda to provide integrated health and counseling services as well as legal aid to survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Rwanda.
The International Development Association (IDA) financial agreement deal was signed on August 6, 2014, between the World Bank country representative, Carolyn Turk, and Rwanda’s finance minister, Ambassador Claver Gatete.
The support is part of a US$107 million regional project, the Great Lakes Emergency SGBV and Women’s Health Project, approved by the World Bank Group Board of Executive Directors on June 28, to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and the International Conference to the Great Lakes Region, to help survivors of gender based violence.
The project will support delivering an integrated package of short and medium term assistance to survivors of SGBV at both community and health facility levels through scaling-up the Isange One Stop Centers while promoting gender equality, behavioral change and violence prevention.
The project will support strengthening 6 of the existing 9 centers and establishing 17 new centers in the remaining districts of the country as per the National Scaling-up Strategy.
Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning said that Rwanda remains committed to fight Sexual and Gender Based Violence to ensure that GBV is drastically reduced and that victims access appropriate services.
The services are free all Rwandans who are victims of all forms of violence and discrimination.
Carolyn Turk recommended that the developmental impacts of sexual violence are high and require an integrated approach to support some of the most vulnerable populations in the Great Lakes region as well as Rwanda.
The Great Lakes Emergency SGBV and Women’s Health Project will benefit directly over 29,000 women and girls in Rwanda while supporting and complementing the ongoing efforts from the Rwandan government and its partners.