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CEDOVIP 16 DAYS OF  ACTIVISM CAMPAIGN 2016 THEME: Break the Silence, Break the Barriers! How Will You Make Education Safe for Girls?

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM CAMPAIGN , The 16 Days of Activism, is an international campaign against violence against women, unites organizations and individuals across the world from November 25 through December 10 annually in raising awareness, strengthening networks and developing effective strategies to prevent violence and promote women’s rights. It is an intensive time when women, activists against violence women and NGOs promoting women’s rights widely engage in local, national and international awareness campaign and policy advocacy against violence against women. The 16-day period highlights significant human rights days during the period:

Address Violence Against Women and Girls Now!Violence against women and girls is perhaps the most widely spread and socially tolerated form of human rights abuse in Uganda and around the world. It includes domestic and sexual violence, forced and early marriages, bride price-related violence, widow inheritance, and female genital mutilation. However, in many communities in Uganda, when a man beats his wife, neighbors and close family members often ignore the situation because they consider it a private matter. Others see it as a sign that the man cares about his wife.

Violence against women and girls results from a complex interplay of individual, family, communal, and societal factors. In today’s hierarchy of social power, men hold a higher status. Husbands, male partners, and even male relatives use violence as a way of imposing their will over women. Much of the violence is justified by, and perpetuated as, "tradition" or "culture." Children observe and internalize these behaviors, learning that violence is an acceptable means of getting their way, thereby perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of violence.

Cabinet approved the Elimination of Gender Based Violence (GBV) policy for Uganda in its Wednesday 17th August, 2016 seating.

This was announced by the State Minister for Gender and Culture Hon. Peace Mutuzo on Thursday 18th August, 2016 at Hotel Africana during the National dialogue on unifying action for medico-legal services for GBV survivors.

“I celebrate with all of you today because the Cabinet Memo on the GBV policy was unanimously passed. Everyone in Cabinet poured their hearts out on the need for a policy’ said Hon. Peace.

This followed continued lobbying by the Domestic Violence Act Coalition over the years for Cabinet to have the policy passed to pave way for the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2010. (http://www.cedovip.org/index.php/news-events/latest-news/85-ministry-of-gender-commits-to-have-the-national-gbv-policy-finalized-by-end-of-year ).

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