The Isange One Stop Centre: A Holistic Approach to Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) has been a widespread problem for women and girls in Rwanda, both during the 1994 genocide and in the current peacetime. While SGBV incidents dropped in number after the war and genocide, the patterns of violence continue even today. Gender-based violence is probably the most socially tolerated of human rights violations, and, in Rwanda, spousal battery, sexual abuse, and rape are prevalent, with 57.2 percent of all GBV cases committed by women’s husbands or partners, according to a masculinity study that was conducted by the Rwanda Men’s Resource Center.1