The Coalition is calling upon the Justice Law and order sector (JLOS) to prioritize and allocate funds for violence against women prevention during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that they are deemed essential and accessible at all times.
A consortium of 30 civil society organizations fighting Gender-Based
Violence has asked the government to include violence against women
interventions in the COVID-19 response plans.
The Domestic Violence Act Coalition is advocating for the safety and well-being
of women during the annual global 16 days of activism campaign against Gender-based
violence starting on Tuesday 25th November.
The campaign will be organized under the theme “safety and well being; creating
new realities for women”.
Mary Harriet Lamunu from the Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association observes
that the COVID- 19 pandemics has brought the silent pandemic of violence
against women to the surface and deepened gender and power inequalities between
men and women.
She points out that women continue to bear the increased demand to cater for
basic survival needs of the family amidst additional physical and economic
stress arising from business closures especially those in the informal sector.
The Coalition also wants the Justice Law and order sector (JLOS) to prioritize
and allocate funds for violence against women prevention during and after the
COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that they are deemed essential and accessible at
The Head of Advocacy and legal affairs UGANET Immaculate Owomugisha implored
the government to collect resources for the interventions.
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The coalition has also called upon JLOS to strengthen data collection and
dissemination on the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, to inform adequate
programming and interventions.
Carol Shemeri program officer at Center for Domestic Violence Prevention
CEDOVIP says specific funds should be allocated to implement the Domestic
Violence Act and other violence against women responsive laws.