Kigali International Conference on the Role of Security Organs in Ending Violence against Women and Girls

Oct 27, 2010

We, participants  from  12 African countries  (Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic  Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia) attending  the  Kigali International Conference on the Role of Security Organs in Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG),

Having met in Kigali, Rwanda,from 26 to 27 October 2010,

Considering the UN Secretary General's launch on 25 February 2008 of the Global Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women (2008- 2015) with  a call upon governments, civil society, women's organizations,private sector,the media,and the  entire  United  Nations  system to  join forces to end violence against women and girls;

Expressing our concern over the socio-economic, cultural and political challenges women are facing, and the continued impunity of VAWG across African countries;

Expressing further our concerns upon lack of coordinated  and standardized laws, policies and training across African countries;

Noting   that     there     is     lack    of     research     and     credible     data     (esp.     gender­ disaggregated). More  and better  data need to  be accessible, disseminated  and used for policy,decision-making and programming pertaining to VAWG;

Reaffirming  countries  commitment to  UN  Security  Council Resolutions  1325,

1820,   1888  and     1889   pertaining   to     VAWG    and   the     role   of     Women     in


Reaffirming further  the  commitment and good will  of countries  represented  in the meeting to ending violence against women and girls and all forms of gender­ based impunity;

Noting with satisfaction the renewed interest  of Security Organs to fight  against VAWG and all forms of discriminations against women and girls; and support  the Africa UNiTE campaign;

Noting further that in various countries  there exist policy and legal frameworks, practical   interventions/projects  targeting   prevention   of  VAWG,  provision   of services to survivors, promotion of justice and eradication of impunity;

Given the need for better  targeting, coordination, coherence and harmonization of  all  initiatives  targeting   gender-based  violence   in  general   and  VAWG  in particular;

Reaffirming our commitment to accelerate legislation and policy formulation and implementation as well  as scale-up  best  practices  in  prevention, provision  of services and promotion of justice;

Hereby affirm our commitment through this Declaration,to:

1. Formulate a realistic roadmap with clear targets,timelines,indicators and budget   to accelerate  the  achievement  of  the  Africa  UNiTE Campaign outcomes.

2. Harmonize and  standardize   legal  frameworks pertaining to  Violence Against Women and Girls across the continent to inter alia facilitate cross­ border Investigation and prosecution.

3. Conduct  standardized and  comprehensive training on  Violence  Against Women  and Girls for  all security  organs  across the  continent based on international instruments but   incorporating local  best  practices  from African countries that are context-relevant.

4. Mobilize additionalresources and better utilize existing resources through gender-responsive planning and budgeting;better allocation of resources

to relevant services within the security organs that  deal with prevention and response to VAWG.

5. Improve  evidence-based prosecution  of  gender-based   violence  cases through capacity building and increased resources.

6. Recruit  and promote more  women officers  at all echelons of the security organs.

7. Increase accountability of the security  organs throughout Africa  in order to     improve their     image,   professionalism  and   foster     multi-sectoral partnerships.This involves efforts to curb corruption that prevent cases of gender-based violence from being investigated.

8. Take  Sexual Exploitation and  Abuse  by  Peacekeepers  more   seriously through training and  awareness-raising,increased support to  survivors (including  children  born   out   of   sexual  exploitation and  abuse)  and prosecution of perpetrators.

9. Enhance     collaboration,  information  sharing   and   foster     partnerships amongst  all stakeholders at national and regionallevelfor more effective targeting regarding prevention, provision of  services  and promotion of efficient and effective justice.

10.Improve  quality of  gender-disaggregated  data   collection    by  security organs for use in policy formulation,decision-making and programming.

11.Improve quality and availability of research on Violence Against Women and  Girls  including documenting interventions, creating  data-bases, mapping best  practices  across countries  in Africa  in  order  to scale up successfulinitiatives.

12.Enhance   the   role   of  the   correctional services  in  rehabilitating  and reforming perpetrators of Violence Against Women and Girls to prevent recidivism.

13.Establish a secretariat in Kigali,Rwanda,to coordinate efforts and follow through with the implementation of the Kigali Declaration.

14.Conduct annual meetings  of all signatories to the Kigali Declaration on a rotational basis to monitor and  evaluate progress  made; and  the  host country will act as secretariat  for that period.


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