Bushenyi district in south western Uganda is struggling to deal cases of Gender based Violence with district recording 10 cases daily on average.
The district leadership is concerned over the high number of cases with most of them related to disagreements arising from land and over consumption of alcohol.
According to the district Gender officer for Bushenyi Faith Amanya Betega, the cases are a serious challenge to the district and hamper development in the homes that are affected.
Betega who was this morning addressing journalists at a press briefing organized by Reproductive health Uganda held at Bushenyi district headquarters revealed that dealing with the cases has proved to be so challenging.
She revealed that the victims’ main attribute the violence to alcoholism and land ownership saying that such issues must be handled with extra care to ensure that they do not result into fights and at times loss of lives.
Bushenyi district local council five chairpersons, Jaffar Bassajabalaba revealed that the district council has taken a decision to always allocated atleast 50 million shillings to ensuring that such challenges are dealth with.
He also called on religious leaders and other stakeholders to join the fight against gender based violence
He further revealed that the authorities are willing to support the victims of the vice in seeking redress.
The campaign championed by Reproductive health Uganda in partnership with USAID and other development partners is aimed at ensuring that Gender based violence comes to an end.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
It was originated by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
In support of this civil society initiative, each year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women calls for global action to increase worldwide awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions. In 2014, the UNiTE campaign called on governments, UN entities, civil society organizations and individuals across the world to ‘orange their neighbourhoods’ to raise public awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls.
As one of the official colours of the UNiTE campaign symbolizing a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls, the colour orange was once again a uniting theme throughout all events. The initiative called on all people in all parts of world to take action in their communities, play their part and stand up against violence against women and girls