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Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu to Revive Campaign Against Harmful Cultural Practices

In 2010 OBR supported by Government through the Ministry of Gender, the Uganda AIDS Commission and AIDS Information Centre with support from UNFPA embarked on measures to address negative cultural customs. These included promotion of maternal health, prevent gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS, elimination of teenage pregnancies and advocate for family planning practices. .
10 Jan 2020 16:15
Kasese District Senior Development Officer Kitanywa Sowed making a presenation during the meeting

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Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR) has resolved to revive campaigns aimed at bringing to end negative cultural practices in the kingdom.

In 2010 OBR supported by the Government through the Ministry of Gender, the Uganda AIDS Commission and AIDS Information Centre with support from UNFPA embarked on measures to address negative cultural customs.

These included promotion of maternal health, prevent gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS, elimination of teenage pregnancies and advocate for family planning practices.

However, since November 2016, the measures have never been implemented.

Kingdom officials, local government leaders and civil society representatives have now resolved to revamp the measures.

Queen Asiimwe, the Kasese District Senior Community Development Officer noted the growing GBV cases in the district.

 

She noted that women are still marginalized in aspects to access and control of production resources despite being family breadwinners.

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According the Kingdom Prime Ministerial Commission Chairperson Gad Mbayahi, the subjects should rally behind the campaigns. He encouraged subjects to desist from bad cultural practices that can expose them to diseases and death.

Ruth Tusasirwe Muguta the principle social development officer-family affairs in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, says they are partnering with cultural institutions in seven district to end child and women violence and other negative cultural practices.

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However, Muguta noted that the cultural institutions are still constrained by funds to carry out the campaigns.

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The stakeholders resolved to revamp the project through increasing awareness campaigns in schools and conducting sessions in churches and mosques that are condoning such bad cultural practices.