Gender-based Violence Committees are decentralized structures from grassroots to national level to deal with issues related to gender-based violence (GBV). These Committees consist of stakeholders from various institutions dealing with gender-based violence, including security forces (Police and Army), the National Women Council, the National Youth Council, actors of civil society, people with integrity, religious, community and local leaders. Each Committee has a clear mandate, such as setting-up mechanisms to assess and monitor gender-based violence cases, carrying out awareness-raising and preparing reports. The establishment of Gender-based Violence Committees was recommended by various stakeholders, through consultations at both central and decentralised levels, as a mechanism to accelerate and coordinate initiatives on GBV.
The GBV committees were established according to guidelines to fight against GBV and for the protection of children's rights, by the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF).
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Rwanda to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010