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EMPOWERMENT OF KAYONZA CIVIL REGISTRATION OFFICERS ON CHILD’S RIGHTS, GBV LAWS AND CHILD REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

On the 26th and 27th of July 2018, Haguruka in partnership with GIZ had a training with the civil registration officers of the district of Kayonza. The training was attended by the National Executive Secretary of Haguruka Ninette UMURERWA and the director of Good governance Unit in Kayonza Mr Jean Paul RURANGWA. This two day training had the aim to prevent pregnancies among teenagers, raise awareness and build capacities of local leaders for better work in synergy. This training was organized in the framework of activating the partnership with local authorities’ especially civil registration officers as they are in charge of birth registration and this constituted a great occasion to empower them with practical skills on child rights, GBV Laws and child registration procedures which is for Haguruka of paramount importance.

During the training leaders were taught how to deal with the historical background of the Law N0 54/2011 of 14/12/2011 relating to the rights and protection of the Child. They also studied about the legal definition of child, an overview of the international convention on the child’s rights as well as different child rights as provided in the Law given above relating to the rights and protection of the child.

During the two days training, participants didn’t only study laws because they also focused on the Gender Based Violence Laws and covered the concept of GBV. Participants were taught types of Gender Based Violence, this was done to help them recognize all those violence and to help them understand how to prevent them. They were taught the causes and consequences of Gender Base Violence, Rwanda GBV legal framework, Referral pathways and services provided to GBV victims.

 During the last session, the training focused on the birth registration procedures as provided by the Law governing persons and family. Participants got a deep understanding about the rationale of birth registration, who is the responsible person, when birth registration is effective, requirements for birth registration, how to register a child whose parents are unknown, and registration of children born out weed rock and how to get a copy of birth certificate/record.

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