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Great Lakes Presidents Urged to Make Firm Stand Against SGBV

Heads of government in great lakes region should make a firm commitment to fight sexual and gender based violence.

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Heads of government in great lakes region should make a firm commitment to fight sexual and gender based violence. The call was made this morning by experts during the official opening of a four day meeting in Arusha, Tanzania involving representatives from countries under the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region – ICGLR.

 

 

Member countries include Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo; Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan and Uganda. The experts wondered why there is slow progress on fighting sexual and gender based violence while there is progress in other areas such as good governance and democratization.

 

 

Solomon Mumbi, chairperson ICGLR from Zambia said as a region there is a need for similar answers and commitment because all countries that form the ICGLR have similar experiences. Various research findings being discussed at the meeting indicate that SGBV is either still rampant or is on the increase despite the end of war in countries like Uganda, Burundi, DR Congo and CAR.

 

Immaculate Ingabire, the Chair of the Regional Women Forum, said SGBV is both a sexual and human right problem which requires the meeting come out with concrete recommendations for the presidents of the Great Lakes Region meeting in Kampala in December this year. In the meeting the presidents are expected to make a firm commitment to prevent and end impunity on SGBV and provide support to the victims in the same way they are committed to many other protocols.

 

Gillian Holmes, who is representing the UN System at the meeting, said there can be no real peace and security minus the security of women and girls hence the need for them to enjoy life free of violence. Holmes said ICGLR countries should endeavor to come up with complimentary approaches to ending SGBV and commit to the 13 UN instruments on sexual violence.

 

Uganda’s Nathan Byamukama, who represented the ICGLR Executive Secretary, said it is a pity that despite the end of war in many countries in the region many countries are still considered unsafe for women and girls. Byamukama said despite the ICGLR committing to 10 anti-SGBV instruments in the last 10 years, the situation is worsening hence the need for a comprehensive situation analysis of where the region is going wrong.

 

He said SGBV thrives on silence that is why Uganda is committed to ensuring that the Kampala Summit should send a strong signal against the scourge. Kijakazi Mtengwa, the Permanent Secretary for the Tanzanian gender ministry, said experts from the region should share experiences and come out with proactive measures to curb the vice.

 

Recommendations from the meeting will be presented to gender ministers who will then present them to the ICGLR heads of state meeting in Kampala for adoption. It is expected that the Kampala Summit will catalyze the fight against SGBV and put it at the fore of the governments’ priorities.

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