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Moyo Leaders Decry High GBV Cases

Records from the last financial year indicate that the health department of the District recorded 538 cases of Gender-Based Violence.
Leaders in Moyo district have decried the increasing cases of Gender-Based Violence-GBV in the area.

Records from the last financial year indicate that the health department of the District recorded 538 cases of Gender-Based Violence.

Michael Adrawa, the Assistant District Health Officer in charge of Child and Maternal health says 207 of the cases registered are committed against males while 331 cases against women.

Adrawa says the cases range from sexual harassment, physical violence to non-disclosure of HIV

status.

Uganda Human Rights Commission, Moyo Field Office recorded a total of 24 cases from January to June.

Francis Drichi Ipepi of the Uganda Human Rights Commission revealed that of these cases, one is child marriage, five defilement cases and 18 cases of assault.

He says that office of the Prime Minister in- charge of refugees registered 25 cases that included physical, violence, sexual harassment, child to child sex and emotional violence.

 Police says many of the cases reported to the counter have been forwarded to the courts of law while others are still under investigation.

Moyo District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Elizabeth Adong notes that many cases of Gender Based Violence go unreported due to shame and lack of assistance.

Adong appeals to all stakeholders of the District to have a united front against GBV in a bid to minimize chances of the vice occurring in communities.

Adong observes that a community surrounded by violence does not grow but rather plunges into backwardness.

She encourages communities to avoid staying in idle and disorderly manner that greatly contribute to Gender-Based Violence but rather take up productive activities to improve their livelihoods and bring sanity at household levels.

Adong advises couples to be able to go together for Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV, receive and accept the results in the spirit of true love for each other.

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