Speaking at the Interpol General Assembly in Kigali, Stock described the Isange center as a multi-agency approach to deliver a unified service.

It is a model not just in dealing with gender-based violence and child abuse, but for all types of crime, and Rwanda should be commended for this innovative and effective program, said Stock.

The Interpol General Assembly considered the center as crucial in their policing.

Established in July 2009, there are currently 17 Isange centers across the country, supporting victims of gender based violence.

It operates a 24-hour phone hotline, with each center providing access to free medical and psychosocial care and support services, including collection of forensic evidence.

It has handled more than 10,000 cases, according to officials.

Earlier, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa told delegates that the center had made a positive transformational impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.

The government of Rwanda is committed and works tirelessly to end violence against women and girls, she said.
“Gender-based violence is one of the global threats that hinders sustainable development and is the most extreme expression of unequal gender relations in society.”

Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel Gasana, said since the creation of the centers, reporting of gender-based violence had increased by 50 percent.

“Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls is not only about fighting crime, it is also a serious developmental issue which must be addressed by citizens and police forces of all countries without reserve,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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