Beaker Mwanja, the Senior Probation Officer of Mbale city, addressed the media during a press conference held Thursday at the Mbale city hall, shedding light on the escalating issue of gender-based violence.
during a press confrence
city authorities have expressed growing concerns regarding the surge in cases
of gender-based violence, attributing these incidents to family breakdowns,
increased prostitution, and the rise in the number of street children.
Mwanja, the Senior Probation Officer of Mbale city, addressed the media during
a press conference held Thursday at the Mbale city hall, shedding light on the
escalating issue of gender-based violence. The city organized this press
conference to shed light on the International Day of 16 Days of Activism
against Gender-Based Violence.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence commenced on the 25th of this
month and will continue through to the end of December. Mwanja highlighted
specific areas like Namatala, Nakoloke, Bukonde, and Bugema as hotspots with
high incidences of gender-based violence. He mentioned receiving over 50 cases
related to gender-based violence daily from these areas, signifying the gravity
of the situation.
Sarah Kalenda, the Community Development Officer at Mbale City Industrial Division outlined their plans for the 16 days of activism. She indicated that as part of city initiatives, they aim to create awareness about the perils of gender-based violence through radio sensitization programs, tree-planting campaigns, and blood donation drives.
Kalenda urged local and religious leaders to join hands in denouncing gender-based violence. She stressed the importance of advising married individuals to seek resolution through legal channels such as the police or local council courts rather than resorting to physical altercations.