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Employers Urged to Fight Gender Based Violence in Workplaces :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Employers Urged to Fight Gender Based Violence in Workplaces

CARE International Program Director Delphine Mugisha says that although the National Employment Policy provides for decent, remunerative employment for all including women in conditions of freedom, equity and human dignity, issues of Gender Based Violence in work places remain unattended to.
10 Dec 2018 17:46
Gender based violence: Care international want employment law amended

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Employers have been tasked to put in place measures to prevent all forms of Gender Based Violence in places of work. The call was made this morning by CARE International, a non-government organisation operating in Uganda.

CARE International Program Director Delphine Mugisha says that although the National Employment Policy provides for decent, remunerative employment for all including women in conditions of freedom, equity and human dignity, issues of Gender Based Violence in work places remain unattended to.

A recent report by the Ministry of Gender indicates that the risk of exposure to violence is often greater in jobs and sectors where work is informal, requiring unskilled labor and where wages are low. The report reinforces police records and the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey which indicate that more than 1 million women aged between 15 and 49 are exposed to sexual violence every year in Uganda.

Mugisha described as cosmetic, a provision that requires that companies employing more than 25 people to have measures to prevent sexual harassment at the work place.  Mugisha says that this provision omits a big majority of employers who have a work force of less than 25 personnel.

 

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The message came at the closure of the 16 days of activism, an international campaign started to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year, the campaign run under the theme: #HearMeToo: End Violence against Women and Children.    Every year during the campaign a number of activities are conducted in order to highlight awareness around the abuse of women, children and people living with disabilities. Care is also reigniting the online solidarity drive to ensure that people can continuously and freely share their experiences.

Janepher Taaka, a gender and sexual harassment focal person at CARE International is optimistic that by using digital platforms, they can reach out to a number of women and men who have been silently facing Gender Based Violence.

 

Taaka says that online users will have an opportunity to ask questions and acquire information regarding a specific topic which will increase access to information about Gender Based Violence issues.

 

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However, Taaka says beside the online hashtag, they intend to continue sensitizing the communities using other mediums such as public dialogues and radio talk shows among others.

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