Breaking

Amudat District to Get Rescue Centre for GBV Victims

The 300 Million Shillings centre that will be located at the district headquarters is being funded by the UNFPA. It will house survivors of gender-based violence and girls escaping from Female Genital Mutilation cases.
Minister Peace Mutuuzo enjoys cultural dance in Amudat on Tuesday

Audio 2

The construction of a Gender-Based Violence rescue centre in Amudat district has been launched.

The 300 Million Shillings centre that will be located at the district headquarters is being funded by the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA. It will house survivors of gender-based violence and girls escaping from Female Genital Mutilation cases.

Amudat and Moroto districts still practice FMG even though the cultural practice was outlawed due to its harmful effects that sometimes lead to death. The construction period is expected to end in December this year.

Currently, the survivors are being protected at Alakas Girls’ Primary School, a place that is less convenient for rehabilitation of the survivors especially when schools are open. There are about 50 survivors at the school who were rescued from forced marriage or FMG.

Cases of GBV are high in Amudat due to cultural beliefs with a total number of both GBV and FMG totalling over 400 since January 2021.

While commissioning the construction of the centre on Tuesday, The State Minister for Gender and Culture Peace Mutuuzo noted that the centre would not only rescue survivors but will also rehabilitate, settle and sometimes make referrals.

//Cue in: “What we have now done ...

Cue out: ... is empowered."//

She advised the district authorities to mobilize resources and lobby for the establishment of a technical institute to offer life skills to the girls who may not be able to join formal education.

The Amudat LCV Chairperson, Joseph Nangole Obot says the facility will help control female genital mutilation in the district. He says that they have started conducting cross border dialogues with Kenya’s Pokot community to help the communities shun the practice of FGM.

//Cue in: “Last time we ... Cue out: ... fight of FGM.”//

Last year, 2020 Amudat district recorded 543 cases of sexual gender-based violence with dozens of FGM.

Images 1

Keywords

Entities