Kigali International Conference on the Role of Security Organs in Ending Violence against Women and GirlsOct 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.
DONE IN KIGALI,ON 27TH OCTOBER 2010