By Ronald Kabuye
A cross-section of Judicial Officers is taking part in a three-day training on the use of the revised Gender Based Violence manual.
While opening the training, Hon. Justice Damalie N. Lwanga, the Executive Director Judicial Training Institute (JTI), said Gender based violence is an abuse of human rights that continues to plague the country with adverse effects on the victims’ physical and mental health/ emotional feelings, livelihood and on the economy.
She added that it affects child growth, development and welfare resulting in loss of lives thus a need to ensure that the laws relating to gender based violence are implemented.
The Judge emphasized that cases of gender based violence must be handled efficiently and effectively in the justice system in order to give hope and confidence to the population.
The UN Women Representative, Ms. Beatrice Mulindwa, said the training would equip and build the capacity of the participants with training skills particularly in gender based violence.
Ms. Tina Musuya, the Executive Director of CEDOVIP advised on the need to formalise and standardize the trainings.
Among the topics discussed are; introduction to Gender based violence, GBV causes and concepts, manifestations of Gender based violence, international, regional and domestic framework, Uganda Legal Framework overview among others