The Inspector General of Police, JM Okoth Ochola has urged Police Officers to observe human rights and fight discrimination of women in the course of implementing their duties.
“The fight against discrimination and by extension violence against women is a national priority with long standing commitment and mechanism to implement the supporting policy and legal framework,” Mr. Okoth Ochola made the remarks in a speech read for him by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig. Sabiiti Muzei at the commemoration of 16 days of activism 2018 at Sliver Spring Hotel today.
According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey, 62.2% of all women and 58.8% of all men aged 15 to 49 reported experience of physical or sexual violence.
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Gender based violence continues to be a major national scourge.It takes many diverse forms, both offline and online, including domestic violence, sexual violence, early marriages, trafficking in persons. Data on both police-reported violent crimes and national demographic health surveys report that women and girls represent the majority of the victims.