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Training manual for judicial officers on Gender Based Violence in Uganda.The manual is a 2018 priority product of team effort from CEDOVIP, Staff from Judicial Training Institute and UN Women Uganda. The manual is a much needed tool for the capacity building of judicial officers on GBV to enable GBV survivors/victims to access justice and to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. CEDOVIP role is to provide technical support to the Judicial Training Institute to review its training manual for judicial officers on Gender Based Violence.

The module is divided into six (6) modules aimed at building knowledge, influencing positive change in attitudes and building skills for judicial officers on handling GBV cases within the criminal justice system in Uganda. Pre- test and validation of the draft manual is scheduled for the month of October coordinated by the Judicial Training Institute.

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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.

By: Emma Chinn (CEDOVIP Intern)
CEDOVIP launched its work with Institutions of higher learning specifically in Makerere and Kyambogo Universities with the aim of creating an enabling environment to prevent VAW/G among young people in higher institutions of learning and in the communities
 Initially, CEDOVIP undertook an asset mapping that uncovered that sexual harassment is a huge issue impacting young women in the Makerere University community. Asset mappingand conversations with students and staff showed that sexual harassment is incredibly prevalent on the University campus, despite the fear and stigma surrounding discussing the situation.
 
The University’s response to this critical issue has been virtually non-existent, as the current sexual harassment policy is, for the most part, unknown to the public and not being effectively implemented. Furthermore, the resources meant to be in place for handling survivors of sexual harassment, assault and rape were found to be greatly failing. 
Almost all University Committees that were supposed to have been organized, as per the 2006 Sexual Harassment Policy, to manage sexual harassment cases were nonexistent. Worse still, it is alleged that the only Committee that was ever organized, had some members who were suspected to be sexual harassers.