|Community Activists Bi-monthly trainings|
12 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
CEDOVIP officially launched the SURGE (Support to Uganda’s Government on Gender Equality) program in Kampala district in the parishes of Kabalagala, Kibuye in Makindye division, Bwaise, Makerere III inKawempe division and, Kamwokya II in Central.
The program will focus on the prevention of violence against women and girls specifically commercial sex exploitation of children. The launches included peaceful demonstration marches, poster facilitations, VAWG prevention board games (snakes and ladders and Ludo game) and drama performances aimed at raise awareness about VAWG.
Community members who participated in the launches deepened their knowledge about VAWG, forms of VAWG/CSEC and acknowledged that VAWG/SEC happens and are common in their communities. They recognised that VAWG/CSEC have negative consequences to the lives of women and girls e.g, unwanted pregnancies, school dropout, HIV/STI infections, family breakages,increased crime rate like recent kidnaps and continued sexual abuse/harassment to women and girls, these require urgent attention. Community members committed to mobilize other community members to participate in the Community Activists VAW prevention activities. The public launches reached out to approximately 2000 people; 946 women, 734men and 320 children.
Women rights activists under the Domestic violence act Coalition coordinated by CEDOVIP and women members of Parliament under UWOPA launched their 16 days campaign 2017 with a press conference at the Parliamentary lounge where they demanded for accountable male involvement in programs to address gender inequality.
In the press statement read by the Chairperson UWOPA and woman Representative Kumi district, Hon. Monica Amoding noted that the national theme focused on the role of men in ending violence against women and girls and noted that involving men and boys as partners to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality is an important component in violence against women and girls prevention. She however emphasized that critical concerns have developed about the lack of accountability to women and girls among this body of work.
“Accountability to women and girls at every level of male involvement efforts is critical to ethical and effective violence against women and girls programming and to securing women and girls’ full and equal rights. Without accountability, the danger that men are in charge persists; in this case, of women’s rights and well-being, which further undermines women and girls’ agency, voice and leadership, thereby reproducing the very inequality that violence against women and girls work is attempting to shift”.