The visiting Netherland’s Minister for Migration and State Secretary for security and Justice, Fred Teeven has lauded strategies put in place to fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases in Rwanda.
He made the remarks while discussing with the Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana in Kigali on January 6, 2014.
“I am very impressed with how Rwanda National Police is dealing with GBV related crimes. It’s amazing how the force is focused to bring down the crime even further,” Mr. Teeven stated.
Teeven’s visit aimed at witnessing the force’s progress in fighting gender violence.
Netherlands, through its embassy in Kigali supports Rwanda National Police in various policing areas, including the anti-gender violence campaign among others.
The Minister was brief on various strategies initiated by the force to effectively respond to gender violence such as provision of free psycho-socio and legal support to victims, the decentralisation of the gender desk at all Police stations countrywide and the periodic awareness campaigns to engage the community in the fight against the vice.
The Police Chief appreciated the existing partnership between the Dutch government and Rwanda National Police.
He said that gender-based violence, though it has decreased tremendously, is still among the major crimes committed in the country.
IGP Gasana said the public is the force’s greatest allies in fighting the vice, through community policing.