Starting November 25th - the International day for Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Uganda joins the rest of the world in a campaign to put an end to violence against women and girls, in whatever form, be it through physical assault; human trafficking, sexual exploitation, slavery, intimate partner violation; child marriage; psychological abuse (such as threats, humiliation and mocking); economic abuse (through deprivation of financial resources to which the victim is entitled to by any law or custom), violation of privacy ( such as online harassment, stalking or bullying), structural inequality and institutional discrimination.
Because the theme for the 2016 campaign is “From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all, Panos is taking the initiative to appreciate some of the institutions involved in this cause. This serves to not only recognize their tremendous efforts and also to provide information about getting assistance for any one experiencing or in danger of experiencing gender based violence in Uganda.
- Uganda Police/ local police stations
The Children and Women’s Protection department of the Uganda Police has structures extending up to district level, so you can be sure to get help there. Toll free line – 999/ 112/ 0800 199 199
- Local councils.
Along with the police, the Domestic Violence Act (2010) provides for the local council court to deal with complaints of violence basing on the prescriptions of the Local Council Courts Act 2006.
- Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
One of the tools used by the ministry is the National Gender Based Violence Database (NGBVD); for the collection of GBV incident data, in order to facilitate evidence based decision making. The Ministry also hosts a variety of programmes such as the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme meant for economic empowerment of women.
- Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET)
An NGO working to stop gender based discrimination through policy advocacy, networking and capacity building. UWONET also provides shelter in Kamuli, legal aid and counselling for victims of gender based violence.
- ActionAid Uganda
ActionAid has worked to end poverty and injustices against women through various programmes. The Women Rights in Agriculture programme has provided land and machinery for vegetable gardening to create economic empowerment for women in the Sebei region. ActionAid also has shelters in Amuru, Gulu, Lira, Nebbi, Katakwi, Kween, Kumi, Pallisa, Mubende and Kampala.
- Akina Mama Wa Afrika (AMwA)
An NGO that supports development of African women. This organization provides assistance to victims of gender based violence.
Covering Masaka, Tororo, Mbarara and Moroto; MIFUMI works to strengthen community and civil society responses to violence against women and children by providing medical/legal advice to victims, counselling, shelter as well as awareness advocacy.
- World Education Bantwana Initiative (Uganda)
This organization aims to strengthen the protection of children’s rights in Uganda through building the capacity of families, communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local government, and the private sector to address the long-term, comprehensive needs of orphans, vulnerable children and families.
- Retrak International (Uganda)
Works to better the lives of children forced to live on the streets. Retrak provides medical care, education, counselling, legal support, vocational and business training at their drop-in centres and facilitates re-integration, reconciliation and resettlement of children previously living on the streets.
- WarChild (Uganda)
Provides legal Aid for survivors of gender based violence in Acholi and Lango sub regions and raises awareness through community outreach programmes.
- Compassion International in Uganda
Even though Compassion International’s vision is holistic child development, one of their initiatives is the Child Survival Program through which support is provided to the most vulnerable expectant mothers to reduce child mortality and facilitate a healthy start for children.
- Save the Children
Among their programs, the Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program ensures that children in disaster impacted communities are protected from violence, abuse and neglect and that child survivors access quality child-friendly remedial services.
- The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda)
Works to enhance access to justice, promote socio-economic rights and ensure gender responsive governance in Uganda. FIDA provides legal aid to women and children in Moroto, Gulu, Iganga among other districts.
- Health care providers
This system deals with the largest number of GBV victims. Not only do they provide medical attention but also provide counselling services and help victims to plan for future safety.
- Religious communities
Some religious communities have taken the initiative to create support groups for victims, provide shelter, counselling and training of multi-religious paralegals to give free advice to victims.
- Senior teachers (women and men), matrons and patrons
In addition to their general duties, senior teachers provide guidance and counseling services not just for children in schools but also for teaching and non- teaching staff within their establishments.
To these 16 and the many, many more establishments/individuals working to end Gender based Violence in Uganda, thank you.