Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

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A total of 21 women have been killed in a gruesome manner in a space of three months. Women activists through Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) have appealed to the Government for establishment of a gender and equity protection department at Police to handle gender-based violence, especially women murders in the country.

Lydia Kobusinge a representative from Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group said the department will find solutions to increasing women murders in the country, other than child and family protection unit (CFPU).

CEDOVIP hosts ministers from United Kingdom and Ireland for firsthand experience of SASA IN ACTION!On July 3, 2017, CEDOVIP hosted the DFID Country Director, Jennie Baryl and the Irish AID Secretary General Niall Burgess to Nsiike II zone, Ndeeba parish, Rubaga division division the former SASA! study control communities in Kampala where CEDOVIP is replicating SASA!. On arrival, they were welcomed by the CEDOVIP team and the community activists. Some of the activists had a chance to share their stories of change and what motivated them to join the activism against domestic violence in their communities. One of the activists shared that he was tired of the violence and decided that he had to do something to foster positive change in his life and other community members lives.

The team was then led to the Ludo game; one of the ways in which SASA! Engages men in a fun but focused and provocative yet respectful in very deep conversations on domestic violence and creation of violence free relationships. The men then commit on to actions that they will do to create violence free relationships in their lives and their peers lives such as: respecting the women in their lives by making decisions together and being transparent about their income, informing their spouses about their property such as land leaving them capable of defending it and using it for the family after their passing.

On June 15, 2017, members of the Domestic Violence Act Coalition (DVAC) in partnership with Uganda Women’s Parliamentarians held a press conference at Parliamentary Lounge petitioning the government on the lack of justice for women and girls experiencing violence.

The petition codenames “Not another woman!” attracted members of the media, civil society and Members of Parliament. Their action followed disturbing revelations of the impunity on violence against women and girls cases within the justice system, prompting the coalition to demand for the rectification of the situation by government.