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For the last two years, CEDOVIP has worked closely with Local Councils, opinion/cultural/traditional leaders, and religious leaders in Kampala divisions of Nakawa, and Kawempe to create urban communities free from GBV through preventing and responding to VAW. The work has inspired to take action against VAW through mobilizing community members to intervene in domestic violence incidences and ensuring that they support survivors using the Domestic Violence Act.

The opinion leaders believe that ensuring survivors' access to justice by waiving fees charged on domestic violence cases, making necessary referrals to police, courts of law and health care workers, will ensure that cases are handled with utmost urgency and confidentially to ensure safety of the survivors.

CEDOVIP in partnership with the Uganda Police Force launched the anti gender based violence campaign with focus on disseminating the Domestic Violence Act using the Domestic Violence Act public vehicle sticker campaign as part of the Centennial celebrations for the Force. Over 750 men, women and youths including senior police officers, members of civil society, students, media practitioners and community activists saw the State minister for Gender, Labour and Social development, Hon. Rukia Nakadama Issanga make personal commitment to have the sticker on her car.
"This campaign is significant in that it brings assurance to survivors of domestic violence that actions will be taken to protect them. Police needs to ensure that laws are enforced."

A team of over 40 traditional marriage counsellors locally known as Ssengas in Makindye and Lubaga divisions closely work with CEDOVIP. The Ssengas have taken on personal initiatives to inspire men and women to make their homes and relationships safer. This is what the Ssengas are doing:

  • Talking to their partners, relatives, neighbours, and community members about benefits of respect, fairness, safety in relationships and joint decision making in relationships.
  • Conducting community activities and to enable them talk to women experiencing violence in their communities.

Ssengas testify that the work is positively impacting their lives as two of them remarked that;
"Every morning I look up to myself and believe I can make my life better. I have learned to make my own decisions. I feel proud. I talked to my husband about respect and fairness in a relationship. He kept asking me more questions and we discussed different ways to show respect.