According to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016, 22% of women aged 15 to 49 in Uganda had experienced some form of sexual violence.
On addition to that, Uganda police annual crimes report 2017 indicates that 1000 rape cases are registered yearly. Most reported cases include physical violence by either husband or partner.
Basing of that background, OXFAM Uganda in partnership with UWONET have launched a campaign dubbed “ENOUGH” with an aim of ending Gender Based Violence against women and girls in Uganda.
Rita Achiro Executive Director UWONET notes that violence isn’t necessarily physical, it can be psychological or economical.
Ways to curb Gender Based Violence on women and girls in Uganda as suggested by different stakeholders.
“We need to stop norms that encourage discrimination and violence against women.” Shanty Francis Odokorach Country Director OXFAM in Uganda.
Hon Winnie Kiiza notes that Institutions should have specific courses (short courses) for legislators to equip them on Gender related issues. She notes that most of them go to parliament with little knowledge and are tasked to legislate hence making policies from an uninformed point of view.
Erosion of culture is a major cause of domestic violence. This started way back when kingdoms were abolished in 1960s as people had no one to guide them and we’re left at the mercy of politicians and business men. These positive norms that uphold the value of women and girls should be revisited and restored.
Rita Achiro adds that empowerment of a girl or women are not to take away the entitlement or authority of men but rather uphold the status of girls and women and fight for equality.
Ms. Rosebell Kagumire a communications and media personnel says Media should push different stake holders to consider and recognize women in key policy and decision making positions.
A formative research by prof paul Bukuluki shows that financial decisions are made by men in most families. Any objection from a wife would lead to domestic violence. To curb thix, equality should be emphasized in homes.
Joseph Kagoro an activist notes that the real problem is at the grass root level, we need to go down in villages to empower women and men about GBV. With this we can win the fight on Gender based violence on women and girls without anyone being left behind.
To Justice David Batema tribalism should also be looked into as this also fuels gender based violence as some people don’t respect each other basing on tribal beliefs
Together we can end Domestic violence against women and girls, you are accountable to every violence happening in your watch. Give hope to the people around you, speak up, listen to those going through tough times and help them find a solution.