Police forces of Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire share experiences on how to apply ICT innovations in their Police and GBV projects, by using mobile phone short text messages to address GBV issues
The 2015 UN Women Beijing +20 Report points to Africa as having the highest prevalence of physical or sexual intimate partner violence at 45.6% in low- to middle-income countries.
African Security Organs have made ﬁrm commitments and considerable progress to support the move to end violence against women and girls. Rwanda`s security Organs in partnership with the One-UN Rwanda launched the campaign in Kigali in October 2010 in high level international conference under the theme: “The Role of African Security Organs in Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. The conference was concluded with a proclamation and signing of the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD).
In addition, since 2000 Rwanda has adopted the concept of human security, which places the individual at the "centre of analysis". Putting the citizen at the centre of security concerns, especially the vulnerable, is likely to strengthen people's confidence in the police. Also, Rwanda has created the Gender Desk for combating gender-based violence and the One Stop Centre, a medical centre for victims of gender-based violence. There is one Gender Desk per police station, 74 of its kind in Rwanda. The One Stop Centre welcomes victims, and besides health services offers them lodging until their reintegration in a safe environment. There are 30 One Stop Centres in Rwanda.
Côte d’Ivoire’ security sector has been severely affected by the decade of socio-political crisis and the violent post-election crisis of 2010. The restoration of security and of state authority has thus been at the forefront of the Ivorian government's priorities in its post-crisis program. Therefore, the Government and its national and international partners have made many efforts to promote reconciliation at all levels and the adoption of a person-centred concept of security.
As part of the implementation of South-South cooperation between Côte d'Ivoire and Rwanda, an Ivorian delegation led by the Ministry of State, Ministry of the Interior and Security and composed of representatives of the National Gendarmerie, the National Security Council, the National Assembly, the police services of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire carried out a visit of work and exchange in Rwanda in November 2014. The aim of the exchange was to share experiences regarding the implementation of security and social cohesion policies while highlighting best practices and lessons learned in this field.
During this stay in Rwanda, the Ivorian mission met with all the governmental partners (Ministries or institutions in charge of security, justice, solidarity, social cohesion, police, gendarmerie) and national and international non-governmental organizations, as well as United Nations agencies involved in the implementation of security sector policies, programs and projects.
These working sessions made it possible to take stock of the security situation and to learn how to apply ICT innovations in the Police and GBV projects, by using mobile phone short text messages to address GBV issues.
Supported by: UNDP
Implemented by: Ministère de l’Intérieur de Côte d’Ivoire; Rwanda National Police