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Gender Experts Want More Money to Fight SGBV :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gender Experts Want More Money to Fight SGBV


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Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) experts want presidents in the Great Lakes Region to make political commitments and in the next financial year budget money to specifically prevent SGBV, end impunity and provide assistance to SGBV survivors and victims.



These recommendations are among several others the experts\' meeting in Arusha, Tanzania want the gender ministers in 11 countries that make the international Conference on the Great lakes Region to present to the presidents during their summit in Kampala in December.



The ICGLR countries are Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia. Others are the DR Congo, Congo Brazaville, Angola, Sudan and the Central African Republic.



The experts want the presidents to increase the SGBV budget within the health budget because the problem has graver consequences for peace, security, stability and development in the region.



Of interest is the establishment within 12 months of a Reparation fund to offer, among others, socio-economic, psychological and judicial support to SGBV survivors.



The activists experts want the presidents to implement the ICGLR Pact and Protocol which, among others, calls for the fight against SGBV considered one of the biggest threats top peace, security and stability in the region. Various research findings suggest that SGBV is a big problem in all the 11 countries.



To ensure implementation of the commitments, the experts want the presidents to institute a peer review mechanism in which the member countries performances will be reviewed from time to time.



The experts want the member countries to establish a regional observatory for human rights and SGBV.



On prevention of SGBV, the experts want the governments to support security sector reforms, enhance capacities of community-based structures as well as promote peace and reconciliation activities.



To end impunity, the SGBV experts want the governments to set up special SGBV tribunals in all member countries within six months. In addition, member countries should also establish one-stop centres where survivors of SGBV can get all support services.



They said because of the complexity and personalities involved in the perpetration of SGBV, there is an urgent need to establish national and regional tracking system of known perpetrators and regional judicial cooperation.



The experts said the ICGLR Secretariat, based in Bujumbura Burundi, needs to be facilitated to investigate and follow up the prosecution of perpetrators of SGBV.



To boost the capacities of the member countries, the experts want a regional and mobile training facility established within 12 months.

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