In 2008, the Task Force on violence against women of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality commenced a joint pilot programming initiative on violence against women in 10 pilot countries including Burkina Faso and Rwanda for Africa, Jamaica in the Caribbean, Paraguay and Chile for Central America, Fiji for the Pacific, the Philippines for Asia, Jordan and Yemen for the Middle East, and Kyrgyzstan for the Central Asia. The task force will assist States through supporting comprehensive national approaches against violence against women, for example in designing and implementing national action plans and other relevant programs. Prior to this, a country assessment on violence against women is a priority.
It is within this framework that this country assessment on violence against women has been undertaken. The Rwanda country assessment on VAW will emphasize the nature and extent of following issues:
- The forms of violence that exist, who the victims and perpetrators are, and what the consequences entail;
- The relevant policies and laws that exist;
- The stakeholders involved and their respective capacities; challenges and gaps in addressing violence against women; and,
- The identification of priorities for interventions.
Source of Information
Task force on violence against women of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality website: https://www.un.org/womenwatch/ianwge/taskforces/tf_vaw.htm