The chief guest Peace Mutuuzo Regis the State Minister of Gender and Culture admitted that poverty was great threat to family but said it can be fought through mindset change and other strategies.
Peace Mutuuzo Regis the State Minister for Gender and Culture Affairs launching the National Parenting Guidelines as Uganda commemorates International day of the family at Kasana Playground,Luweero town
Women in Luweero district want an end to domestic violence which has resulted into high poverty levels in homes.
Today Uganda Joined the World to commemorate the day of family under theme “Role of the family in the globalized World”. The National function was held at Kasana playground in Luweero town.
The theme was chosen to enable nation take stock of experiences, successes and challenges in light of what globalization presents.
However women in Luweero said that the families are facing challenges to survive over rampant domestic violence in homes.
According to Uganda Demographic Health Survey (2016) half of both women and men have ever experienced physical violence since age 15. The most common perpetrator of physical violence against ever married women is husband/partner (56%) whereas against men violence by wives is 23%.
Harriet Nansamba a resident of Kasaala village in Butuntumula Sub County blames domestic violence on men's failure to cater for families as result of abject poverty.
Nansamba says that many families have disintegrated over domestic violence and unless government tackles the poverty directly in homes,the survival of institution is at stake.
Another woman Jacent Katende says that some women have tried to engage in income generating projects to boast incomes but with inadequate returns.
Katende says that even programmes that include Uganda Women Empowerment Fund have not benefited the women due to corruption and bureaucracy. Katende wants government to channel funds through village to reach homes rather than associations because these benefit the few.
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According to Uganda National Household Survey 2016/17, number of Ugandans below poverty levels increased to 21.4% from 19.7% in 2002/03.
Ronald Ndawula the LC 5 Chairman of Luweero district says the money allocated to development projects that can directly benefit homes are too little leading to persistent poverty. Ndawula also agreed with women saying that govt should revise ways of ensuring money reach to people in families rather than association.
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While responding to issues, the Chief guest Peace Mutuuzo Regis the State Minister of Gender and Culture affairs admitted that poverty was great threat to family but said this can be fought through mindset change and embracing all government programmes.
She also revealed that government intends to roll SAGE programme to all district to help the elderly living in poverty.
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