CEDOVIP in partnership with Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, and The Human Rights Centerunder the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law with support from UN WomenUganda has undertaken a process to develop a comprehensive handbook for handling SGBV cases in both development and humanitarian settings.
The tool will provide practical tips for all key stakeholders (police, prosecutors, healthcare workers, probation and armed forces/army) on how to address and respond to SGBV. So far a working team comprising of the above stakeholders has been created to support the development of the tool.
A draft handbook is expected by November 2018.
Training manual for judicial officers on Gender Based Violence in Uganda.The manual is a 2018 priority product of team effort from CEDOVIP, Staff from Judicial Training Institute and UN Women Uganda. The manual is a much needed tool for the capacity building of judicial officers on GBV to enable GBV survivors/victims to access justice and to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. CEDOVIP role is to provide technical support to the Judicial Training Institute to review its training manual for judicial officers on Gender Based Violence.
The module is divided into six (6) modules aimed at building knowledge, influencing positive change in attitudes and building skills for judicial officers on handling GBV cases within the criminal justice system in Uganda. Pre- test and validation of the draft manual is scheduled for the month of October coordinated by the Judicial Training Institute.
CEDOVIP officially launched the SURGE (Support to Uganda’s Government on Gender Equality) program in Kampala district in the parishes of Kabalagala, Kibuye in Makindye division, Bwaise, Makerere III inKawempe division and, Kamwokya II in Central.
The program will focus on the prevention of violence against women and girls specifically commercial sex exploitation of children. The launches included peaceful demonstration marches, poster facilitations, VAWG prevention board games (snakes and ladders and Ludo game) and drama performances aimed at raise awareness about VAWG.
Community members who participated in the launches deepened their knowledge about VAWG, forms of VAWG/CSEC and acknowledged that VAWG/SEC happens and are common in their communities. They recognised that VAWG/CSEC have negative consequences to the lives of women and girls e.g, unwanted pregnancies, school dropout, HIV/STI infections, family breakages,increased crime rate like recent kidnaps and continued sexual abuse/harassment to women and girls, these require urgent attention. Community members committed to mobilize other community members to participate in the Community Activists VAW prevention activities. The public launches reached out to approximately 2000 people; 946 women, 734men and 320 children.