The Police chiefs of South Africa and Ethiopia forces hailed Rwandan Police force’s strategies put in place to fight gender- based violence throughout the country.
The chiefs made the remarks while touring the force’s anti-gender violence medical wing – Isange One-Stop centre in Kigali on March 5, 2014.
They commended the initiative as the best approach in fighting violence against women and girls.
Gen. Victoria Mangwashi Phiyega of South Africa Police Services and Assefa Abiyu were in the country to attend the third International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Sub-Saharan Africa Executive Policing conference which ended on March 4 in Kigali.
They were taken through various units such as counseling, children and the victims’ ward and explained on the various services the centre offers to the victims until they are discharged.
Commissioner of Police Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa explained that the centre was established as a holistic approach against gender-based violence and that the discharged victims are followed up even when they are at home.
The RNP is currently decentralising the centre, which offers free medical, psycho-socio and legal services to GBV victims, to 41 hospitals across the country.
“Isange One Stop Centre is a good integrated initiative, a novelty and sterling work. Keep it up,” Gen Phiyega said.
“This is surely a remarkable initiative and I am proud of you,” Abiyu said.
The centre was established in 2009 with the support of One-UN Rwanda and Imbuto Foundation and has since received over 6500 GBV-related cases.
Earlier on, Abiyu met with the Deputy Inspector general of Police, Dan Munyuza at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru and the two discussed various security issues.
The Rwanda National Police and Ethiopia Federal Police signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate, mainly, in capacity building, exchange of information and best practices and close collaboration in other areas relevant to security.