In 2010, the Gender Monitoring Office has conducted an assessment study of programmes which address prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV). The stydy aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of interventions and services that respond to the needs of the GBV survivors/victims. The study findings reveal that a lot of initiatives have been undertaken, including the adoption of a legal framework which protect women and children from violence, and the establishment of structures aiming at the prevention and response to GBV at all levels. A wide range of actors, including government institutions, local administration, UN agencies and civil society organisations, have collaborated to mobilize the community against gender-based violence and to provide services to victims, such as, protection, health/psycosocial services, and legal assistance. It has also been concluded that prevention of GBV is the area of work that most actors, dealing with GBV programmes, focus on. The findings show that out of 32 non-governmental and civil society organizations dealing with GBV programmes, 25 (78%) of them carry out sensitisation on GBV; 9 (28%) of them intervene in capacity-building; 12 (32.5%) of them conduct research and advocacy; 5 (15.6%) of them focus on girls' education and women's empowerment; 4 (12.5%) of them provide medical support; 5 (15.6%) of them offer psycho-social support; 9 (28%) of them provide legal aid and; and 6 (18.7%) of them provide economic support.
The study findings indicate that more coordination among different actors is needed at implementation level. Following the study, a GBV database was established to facilitate the monitoring and sharing of information on GBV. The database is hosted by GMO.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Rwanda to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010