Jolly Acen, the head of UN Women office in North and Eastern Uganda says men are in most cases the perpetrators of the violence against women and girls and if the inequality is to be won, they must take up full responsibility.
Men have been challenged to take up and intensify the fight gender
inequality as the world observes 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence. This year`s campaign is themed as Orange the World: Fund, Respond,
Jolly Acen, the head of UN Women office in North and Eastern
Uganda says men are in most cases the perpetrators of the violence against
women and girls and if the inequality is to be won, they must take up full
According to records in the Acholi sub-region, over 20,000 women
and girls were sexually abused with most of the girls getting pregnant during
the COVID-19 lock down.
According to Acen, during this year`s 16 days of Activism, the
major focus is men mostly those within the urban areas such that they get to
appreciate and understand the dangers and impact of violence against women and
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Acen says that as women, they have failed to push and change the mindset
of the men to end violence against women and girls. She, however, observes
that during the 16 days campaign, they will also involve the
cultural institution to also play a key role in ending violence but
promoting peaceful co-existence which will then lead to prosperity
and development in the communities.
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Emmy Ocen, the Speaker Gulu District Boda Boda cyclist's association
says much as they are blamed for violence against women, some men are also
silently undergoing violence against them by their wives and girls in the
community. Ocen for example says during the lockdown, some wives
abandoned their husbands due to financial hardships.
According to Ocen, the law enforcers should also be fair
to both genders saying in most cases, the police and other organizations
tend to support the female gender criminalizing them even when they are
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James Komakech, a Boda Boda cyclist in Gulu City
says in most cases violence erupts in the families because one is not
respecting the other.
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Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa region Police Spokesperson appeals to the members
of the community to take advantage of the Professional Standards units ensure
that their fair enforcement of the laws.