The Democratic Republic of Congo’s First Lady Mrs. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi has urged women to come together to tackle social injustices that they face.
“For us to keep valuing the woman and families in Africa we need to work together. Together as women we are strong, very strong,” she said.
The 52-year-old made the remarks in Rwanda, where she is conducting an official visit.
Mrs. Tshisekedi is hosted in Rwanda by her Fellow First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame.
The two on Monday visited Isange One Stop Centre, where the visiting first lady got insights into how it handles cases of gender-based violence.
Isange was established in 2009 by the Rwanda National Police to complement existing efforts to prevent violence against women and children. It provides timely and affordable comprehensive support to victims of GBV and child abuse.
“I am very honoured to visit this place where women, girls and children can find refuge after any form of violence. I admire the organization and everyone’s dedication, and I encourage and support you,” Mrs. Tshisekedi wrote in a visitor’s book shortly after touring various departments of the facility.
According to the Commissioner of Police Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa, the Director of Kacyiru District Hospital, since the centre was opened in 2009, a total of 19,047 cases have been received.
Out of these, 65 percent were GBV victims while 35 percent were victims of domestic violence.
The most affected victims were girls aged between 5 and 18 years, making up 73 percent of the GBV cases received. 16 percent of the victims were aged below five, while those above 18 were 11 percent.
La visite de la Fondation @Imbuto a été précédée par une visite guidée à Isange One Stop Centre. Sous la direction de @RIB_Rw, ce centre vient en aide aux victimes de violence basées sur le genre. pic.twitter.com/4oQpQKZ9Gi
— First Lady of Rwanda (@FirstLadyRwanda) June 10, 2019