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The United Nations and World Bank-backed Regional Centre of Excellence against gender-based violence and child abuse in Africa got a boost, yesterday, as its facility at Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru was launched.

The three-block facility was launched on the sidelines of the ongoing ?rst ever ‘Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs’, which opened yesterday.

Bringing together over 250 African women from security agencies in 37 countries across the continent, the meeting has been organised under the auspices of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) to redraw strategies for the role of women officers in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls.

Built at the tune of over Rwf700 million with the support of the World Bank, the centre is a continental comprehensive system put in place for the collection, management and sharing of information and best practices related to gender-based violence (GBV).

It will also host the KICD secretariat and coordinate its activities, as well as serve as a centre for capacity building, advocacy data collection, information exchange and documentation of best practices.

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi, speaking at the event, urged all members of security organs in Africa to put the centre to good use, now that it has its own offices where people can meet to learn and share best practices in the fight against GBV.

“The beautiful infrastructure is ready. We now need to maximise its use to ensure that we exploit it to its full potential. Indeed, it will boost Africa’s security organs’ collaborative effort in ending violence against women and girls. I call upon all the KICD member states to avail their best experts and provide full support towards full operationalisation of the centre,” he said.

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