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The project supports Rwanda to implement systemic approaches to fight GBV and promote gender throughout the country.
Rwanda holds the world record for the percentage of females in parliament (61%)and since 2018 Rwanda achieved parity at cabinet level. Despite this impressive report record on female political empowerment, gender-based Violence (GBV) among women and girls remains challenge. At least two in five women (41.2%) experienced physical violence by the age of 15, while more than one in five women (22%) have experienced sexual violence. Estimates show that up to 93% of the victims of physical and psychological abuse were women. The National Gender Status report (2018) indicates that Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a key issue affecting gender equality progress. For example, the Rwanda Demographic Health Survey (RDHS) 2014/15 revealed that 14% of women reported being victims of physical violence within one year preceding the survey. Similarly, sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) prevalence rates are high, with average annual cases reaching 8000. However, SGBV is often not reported, and victims do not receive legal or other assistance.
UNDP Rwanda is one of eight country offices of UNDP in the world that currently hold a Gold Certification in the Gender Equality Seal Initiative! UNDP in Rwanda earned the Gold standard through the implementation of numerous gender-equality promoting activities, both internally and externally which contributed to addressing gender equality gaps. Among the areas where UNDP provided substantive support over the past two decades is the fight against GBV in Rwanda through comprehensive support to the legislative and institutional frameworks as well as programmatic interventions. UNDP Rwanda is the first Country in Africa to implement the egdner equality seal in its three dimensions, the UNDP CO, the public sector and the private sector to ensure that that the laws and policies adopted are effectively implemented at the workplace particularly since many of the previous GBV interventions focused at the community level.
In this light, UNDP Rwanda facilitated an exchange visit by a delegation from Ivory Coast, focusing on sharing experiences in fighting sexual based violence. Currently, UNDP is partnering with the Government of Rwanda and the private sector to implement the gender Equality Seal initiative in the private sector and the public sector which among the six pillars will tackle fighting gender based violence at the workplace. As of today, 38 companies have signed up to join the initiative and 10 of them have started the implementation. UNDP Rwanda is also planning to export this initiative to the media sector where it was proved that around 70% of women journalists face GBV including in newsrooms.