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.
of a Gender-Based Violence rescue centre in
Amudat district has been launched.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Last year, 2020 Amudat district recorded 543 cases of sexual gender-based
violence with dozens of FGM.