and cultural leaders in the Rwenzori region have committed to work together and
end all acts of Gender-Based Violence-GBV.
say they are concerned about the raising GBV cases in the region that have been
compounded by the COVID-19 effects.
In Kasese, more
than 6,000 girls under the age of 19 years went for their first antenatal in
various health facilities, and over 200 cases of violence against children were
reported at police in 2021.
Alice Nabirwe from South Rwenzori Diocese promised to initiate programs to revitalize
family life and values within the church teachings. She says that many couples
especially men have not appreciated the value of courtship and marriage counseling.
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Mutyanga, the Bishop of the SDA Church Rwenzori Region says that they will integrate
messages against GBV in their daily religious sermons. He said they
recognize that many children are victims of violence perpetrated by their own
parents and relatives.
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Kimekeke, the President of Mothers Union Kasese Diocese said they have been
trying to counsel conflicting couples and offering psychosocial support to
abused young children.
that they have collectively agreed to set up systems to provide immediate
protection and care for victims of GBV but also open partnerships with all
other stakeholders advocating for the end of the vice.
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Sheikh Nasib Musenene working with Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC attributes
the conservative negative cultural practices for the increasing cases of GBV in
most rural communities. Musenene says that he is pleased that the cultural
leaders have opted to be at the front in this fight against negative
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The Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu-OBR Prime Minister Joseph Kule Muranga says that
they have amended the OBR constitution and discarded all negative cultural
practices. The amended constitution is now advocating for equality between men
and women and guarding young children against harmful practices.
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that women in Uganda aged 15-49 years have experienced violence and more than 1
in every 5 women aged 15-24 have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.
Estimates for violence against children also show that violence against the
girl child is high at more than 59% for young females prior to 19 years.