THEME: Break the Silence, Break the Barriers! How Will You Make Education Safe for Girls?
Every November 25th - December 10th, the International campaign against violence against women and girls (VAWG) unites activists, organizations and individuals across the world to raise their collective voices during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign on violence against women and girls.
This year’s National theme is From Peace in the Home to peace in the Nation: Making education safe for all. Over the 16 days period the Domestic Violence Act Coalition will engage the communities under the regional theme; Break the Silence, Break the Barriers! How Will You Make Education Safe for Girls?
The theme highlights that we need to break the silence, demand and implore policy makers, parents, schools, and institutions to make education safe for all, specifically girls and young women, by highlighting and breaking the structural barriers that discriminate women and girls throughout the education system right from the home, community, and the school setting including government policies and systems that impact girls’ experience at school.
Everyone needs to take action in their own way every day to break the structural barriers in the education system as a fulfillment of the global efforts to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education as articulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4 and SDG 5 aiming to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by;
Violence against women/girls remains epidemically high in Uganda and hinders social and economic development, it prevents girls and women’s equal participation at social, economic and political level, it is extremely costly to families, communities and nations, and it is a profound symbol of gender inequality and social injustice. Additionally, it is a public health concern; increases their risk of poor health and a driver for HIV/AIDS.
Currently in Uganda women and girls face violence at alarming rates. Reports indicate that ;
We therefore call for real action and demand that;
This is the time to make policies and expressed commitments work for women and girls! CEDOVIP in partnership with the UWOPA, DV Act coalition, police, community activists and local leaders; will conduct activities like community dialogues, press conferences, door to door activities, in Kampala, the Busoga region Nakapiripirit, Apac and Kumi and through partners across the country to challenge our leaders to demonstrate their leadership by taking practical steps to end violence against women and girls.
Remember, small actions and words by every one every day can make a difference.
Join the activism! Demand action from your leaders.
Break the silence. Break the Barriers. Make education safe for girls!
Download a full press statement here