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Rwanda increases multi-sectoral efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children and youth
KIGALI, 17 May 2018 – Violence against children is a fundamental violation of their rights. The Government of Rwanda is calling upon everyone to join efforts to #ENDviolence against children and young people.

News note: UNICEF and the National Commission for Children join Umurage Communication for Development to launch a new serial radio drama for children and parents
27 June 2017 – Umurage Communication for Development (UMC), a local Rwandan NGO under the US non-profit Population Media Center (PMC), and UNICEF launched an innovative serial radio drama called “Ikinamico Umurage.”

Dreams come true as dedicated social workers find loving families for orphans in Rwanda
25 January 2017 – Nyarugenge District - Peter was an orphan. He was abandoned as a newborn, helpless and dependent, before a small group of nuns discovered him in a garbage bin.

Newsnote: Rwanda launches the National Partnership on Children with Disabilities
27 March 2015 Today, Honourable Dr. Alvera Mukabaramba, Minister of State for the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) launched the National Partnership on Children with Disabilities.

Celebrating CRC@25 with the 10th National Children’s Summit
November 2014 - UNICEF together with the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), National Commission for Children and other partners’ celebrated CRC@25 anniversary by combining it with the 10th National Children’s Summit, held on 20th November

Press release: Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices and urgent action to fight violence against children
31 July 2013 –Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children

The leaders of tomorrow: Promoting and protecting the rights of children living with disabilities in Rwanda
July 2012: The Government of Rwanda has embarked on an agenda to include children in all issues that affect their lives. At a recent National Children’s Summit they also made a move to include for the first time ever, children living with disabilities.

Providing Support and Protection to Refugees from the DRC in Rwanda
15 May 2012 - Just a few metres from Africa’s Great Lake Kivu, hundreds of women and children wait patiently to board a UNHCR truck. They are waiting to be transported to the Nkamira Transit Centre, where they hope they will find “shelter, food and peace”

UNICEF supports Rwandan children to access justice
29 March 2012 - This week, more than 215 pending cases of children in detention without trial, were heard as part of an on-going process to ensure that the backlog of cases – particularly where children are concerned – is cleared as quickly as possible.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister calls for all children to grow up in families
5 January 2012: At the closing ceremony of Rwanda's seventh annual Children's Summit, the country’s Prime Minister, Pierre Habumuremyi, said that it was unacceptable that children were growing up in orphanages.

Throughout Rwanda Children are talking: 7th Children's Summit
5 January 2012 - The annual National Children’s Summit is a national level consultative forum that brings together children’s delegates from all of Rwanda’s administrative sectors.

UNICEF calls for children with disabilities to be included in all development
3 December 2011 – Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF today called on the global development community to focus greater attention and investment in helping children and young people with disabilities to realize their rights.

UNICEF Commemorates Universal Children’s Day with call to protect children from violence
20 November 2011 – On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF today joined with the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in issuing a call to protect children from violence.

UNICEF supports a better understanding of Social Protection in Rwanda
15 November 2011 - UNICEF concluded a week-long workshop on the importance of child-sensitive social protection. The workshop and a seminar was organised for government officials and vice mayors from all of the country’s 30 districts.

New policy detailing Rwanda’s vision and commitment to all children approved
17 October 2011: The National Integrated Child Rights Policy and its Strategic Plan were approved by the Rwandan Cabinet on 30 September 2011.

UNICEF Welcomes Rwandan First Lady’s Campaign to End Violence against Children.
3 October 2011: At the first-ever national conference on stopping violence against children, Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, launched a campaign to end violence against children, saying that action against violence was not a luxury but a necessity.

Helping Street Children find their way back home
20 September 2011 - Hundreds of former street children in Kigali are returning to homes they once deserted, thanks to the help of centers like FIDESCO, supported by UNICEF.

Providing vital care for Rwanda’s vulnerable children
September 2011 - Perched high in the hills above Rwanda’s Lake Kivu is a project that is transforming the lives of nearly 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

The Challenges Facing Children with Disabilities in Rwanda
August 2011 - Five years ago, students with disabilities at Murama Child Friendly School, in Rwanda’s southern Bugasera district, felt isolated from their classmates, unable to participate in even a simple game of hide-and-seek or football.

A House for Janine
May 2011: The two mud houses are visible from the narrow dirt road. Outside one of them, a boy sits on the ground, handling some wooden slats.

Radio Drama to trigger social transformation launched
Kamonyi, 26 February 2011 - At an event organized by Rwanda’s Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in partnership with UNICEF and Urunana, a NGO specializing in development communication, launched an initiative to promote social and community dialogue.

Not stigmatised for being a child soldier
February 2011 - At a lake camp, one hour from Rwanda’s capital, thirty boys have come together for a three month course that offers counselling, education, recreational activities and vocational training to young men.

They dream of a better future
February 2011 - Just like in any other family, each sibling seems to have a particular task. Monique – the more outgoing of the 17 year-old twins – welcomes the visitors, her sister Denise – quiet and shy – attends to some chores behind the house...

Famous Swiss Actor Anatole Taubman Visits Rwanda
January 17-21, 2011 - With a warm smile, resonating voice and a desire to make a difference, famous Swiss actor and Spokesperson for Vulnerable Children for UNICEF Switzerland, Anatole Taubman, journeyed throughout Rwanda.

6th Rwandan Conference on Children and AIDS Tackles Role of Education Sector in Preventing and Mitigating Effects of HIV
November 18, 2010 - Key note speakers at the sixth annual Pediatric Conference on Children and AIDS in Rwanda appealed to the education sector to take on a stronger role in both preventing and protecting children affected by HIV.

Norwegian rap duo puts smiles on the faces of former street children in Rwanda
July 2010 - A famous Norwegian rap band, ‘Karpe Diem’, has been in the country to support UNICEF in improving the lives of young children.

A model manner to support children orphaned by AIDS in Rwanda
June 2010 - In the heart of western Rwanda, amidst a thousand hills in the district of Rutsiro, live hundreds of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

The Isange one stop centre : transforming the lives of survivors of violence in Rwanda
May 2010 - Mary is 32 years old with 4 children. She was married for 17 years to a man who emotionally and physically abused her.



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