Reports indicate that 51% of women in Uganda have been abused by an intimate partner in their life meaning that more than half of the women in Uganda have been victims of GBV. The global rate of physical and sexual abuse is lower at 1 in 3 women abused in a lifetime.
Archbishop of the church of Uganda Dr.Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu says the
church is committed not to remain silent on the gender based violence (GBV)
acts in the country.
This commitment was proclaimed as the world commemorates the 16 days of activism against gender-based
violence that in the Church of Uganda began
Dr.Kazimba's speech on GBV at Namirembe. He said GBV is universal and a silent pandemic that requires collective
responsibility to overcome.
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In Uganda, statistics indicate that 56% of Ugandan women experience physical
violence, 27% experienced sexual violence – and of those, 55% are under the age
Also, available reports indicate that 51% of women in
Uganda have been abused by an intimate partner in their life meaning that more
than half of the women in Uganda have been victims of GBV.
Meanwhile global research shows that worldwide, 1 in
3 women will be physically or sexually abused in a lifetime.
According to Dr.Kazimba, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened all the risk factors for gender-based violence,
including unemployment and poverty.
He condemned the harmful social
norms, the rising cases of domestic violence and child molestation, noting that all these need to be condemned through speaking about them.
The archbishop also expressed regrets at the exploitation of the girl child by the men in
families that may see many girls not returning to school because they have
become child mothers, which is a blow to the education of a girl child.
The church in this effort will encourage
survivors to report GBV to appropriate authorities to ensure justice.
Arcbishop Kazimba also
says programmes that help to mentor the boy child right from childhood should
be embraced to facilitate respect for the girl child as equal beings.
The 16 days of activism against GBV will reach a climax on December 10,
2021 under the theme; Orange the world:
End violence against women now!”