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.
The archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has asked government to implement the Domestic Violence Act, 2010, that was passed five years ago to curb the increasing cases of domestic violence.
Dr Lwanga said domestic violence is one of Uganda’s top challenges that needs urgent redress.
Speaking during the installation of the Rev Fr Denis Kizito Ssebunya as the Episcopal vicar for Mitala Maria Vicariate in Mpigi District on Sunday, Dr Lwanga said many Ugandans are suffering because of the many unsolved problems, especially violence in their families.