Peace Mutuuzo, State Minister for Gender says that there have been 161 deaths associated with domestic violence this year and a total of 10,280 cases of gender based violence were reported between January and April 2020 according to CID, and yet some cases go unreported.
A total of 161 people have lost their lives claimed as a result of domestic violence amidst the ongoing pandemic, the Gender Minister, Peace Mutuuzo has revealed.
So many women and girls remain unprotected as the surge in domestic violence especially during Corona virus pandemic.
During the lockdown of the covid-19 wave, police, women’s shelters and Non-Governmental Organizations reported a surge in domestic violence, especially targeting women.
But even as people emerge from the lockdown, challenges have persisted. Loss of earnings and jobs have provoked further harassment and violence. Moreover, economic dependence may lead many women to stay in abusive relationships, trapped with nowhere to go.
Peace Mutuuzo, State Minister for Gender says that there have been 161 deaths associated with domestic violence this year and a total of 10,280 cases of gender based violence were reported between January and April 2020 according to Criminal Intelligence Directorate and yet many cases go unreported.
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Throughout the pandemic, the Ministry of Gender established counselling support and sheltering for victims and at this point they are carrying out awareness campaigns that have started today in Budaka District and will initially run for sixteen days. The ministry has also provided hotline numbers to call to for assistance and support regarding domestic violence against women and young girls.
Mutuuzo adds that these sixteen days of the campaign against gender based violence are going to follow the theme, ‘orange the world’ that involves collecting money, help, as well as voice out people that are continuously being challenged with domestic violence. 800 children that have undergone violation have been recorded on the toll free number, Sauti line 116, and have been helped through legal aid, court bills, and managing them all through to their homes and welfare.
The ministry has also associated itself with religious leaders to counsel the affected young women and children in order for them to still have good and meaningful lives despite the major traumas they have faced during the whole lockdown, because they are psychologically tortured in settings and relationships that they cannot run away from since they depend on such financially.
To curb this violence in the long term, the minister cites the Women Entrepreneurship Program that has been of help for fifteen years and has been providing loans to women so that they can start up their own small businesses and not have to be fully dependent on their abusive partners who end up harming them both physically and mentally.
The Minister has however pointed out that young women and girls should not be left alone in this fight. Rather, men, boys and everyone else in the general public should join in and report cases of domestic and gender based violence on the toll free numbers in order to help females to archive equal rights because male engagement is needed for the safety of women and girls.