Kampala. Escalating cases of domestic violence during the political season are hindering women’s participation in the democratic process and becoming costly to families and country, activists said yesterday.
Women activists, under their local charity, the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), warned partners against violent acts resulting from divergent political views that couples hold ahead of the 2016 general election, arguing that it is an indication of gender inequality and social injustice.
“Cases of domestic violence usually escalate as a result of elections where one partner supports a different candidate or party from their loved ones. This has sparked off fights and separations and increases vulnerability to economic development in a family,” said Ms Diana Kagere Mugerwa, the programme officer in charge of national advocacy at CEDOVIP.
KAMPALA. Women activists plan to hold a peaceful demonstration following an incident that saw FDC’s Fatuma Naigaga undressed during police arrest last Saturday.
Under their umbrella body, Women’s Democracy Group, the activists said the act by police is deliberate and pre-planned against women interested in leadership.
“The police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, said Ms Naigaga was a harlot who stripped on her own. The question we are asking is, if a person is a harlot, does it make her less of a woman?
“Police either has a hidden agenda or they are sex hungry,” Sarah Eperu, the FDC’s Womens League spokesperson, said during a media briefing yesterday. As a result of police brutality against the Opposition, recruitment of new officials to the party becomes hard and women involvement in democracy issues keeps on declining, she added.
The Parliament of Uganda held the first ever Women’s Parliament on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 in the Parliament Chambers. The Women’s Parliament was held under the theme: “Women Participation and Empowerment: addressing the Challenges of CEDAW Implementation”. The aim of the Women’s Parliament was to provide a platform for dialogue on gender issues. The event was organized by the Parliament of Uganda in collaboration with Uganda Women Parliamentary Association and funded by the European Union through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
The event attracted over 200 delegates comprising Members of Parliament, Development Partners, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Local Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media, Academia, Faith based organizations, women from the grassroots, and students.