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US Envoy Wants Children Mentored to Fight Gender Based Violence

She was launching the annual 16 days of activism against Gender-based Violence at Waluwerere primary school in Bugiri district on Monday. The annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, and runs until December 10, is used as an organizing strategy to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
US ambasador to Uganda, H.E Deborah Malac launching the 16 days of activism against gender based violence at Waluwerere primary school in Bugiri district.

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Outgoing US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has urged stakeholders to involve children in the fight against Gender-Based Violence-GBV. Malac says that parents should mentor their children on the values of equality at a tender age which will enable them to respect those they grow up with.

She was launching the annual 16 days of activism against Gender-based Violence at Waluwerere primary school in Bugiri district on Monday.  The annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, and runs until December 10, is used as an organizing strategy to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. 

Ambassador Malac argues that encouraging children to solve their small childhood differences amicably can help them to have a love for each other, and change the society’s approach to Gender-based Violence. 

//Cue in; “we all have…  

Cue out…change the mindset.”// 

Ambassador Malac further says that as parent’s labour to educate their children on the dangers of GBV, authorities should also come out and denounce the act by prosecuting perpetrators of the vice. 

//Cue in; “we have a… 

Cue out…all of us.”// 

Meanwhile Bugiri district chairperson Marijan Azalwa says that they have signed an ordinance to name and shame perpetrators of Gender-based Violence. 

“All councillors signed an ordinance of ending Gender-based Violence by pinning names of the offenders on district boards and other public places to ensure that they carry the burden for their misgivings,” he says. 

He adds that the ordinance also warrants for the immediate prosecution of offenders immediately after arrest which he hopes will reduce the rates of Gender-based Violence in the district. 

On his part, the Bugiri district police commander Jeff Ssebuyungo says that cases are estimated at 41 per cent, however, the prosecution is frustrated by women who cannot contain the pressure from their in-laws after locking up the husbands.