By Andrew Visper email@example.com
Uganda is set to join other countries on 8th March this year to commemorate International women’s day in honor women’s rights and achievements political, economic, Social and culture sphere.
The day will be celebrated under the theme “Cerebrating 25 years of the 1995 constitution, milestone on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Uganda”
It’s everyone’s right to life, regardless of gender, sexuality, nationality, race, disabilities and etc. This year focus is on challenging the discrimination faced by women and girls in all their diversity raising awareness and mobilizing action to promote equality and empowerment for women and girls.
According to Dora Musinguzi the executive director Uganda Network on law ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) in the joint press conference together with Agency for cooperation and research in development (ACORD), Uganda parliamentary women’s association (UWOPA) and center for domestic Violence prevention (CEDOVIP) said that although Government has enacted some laws and policies against women violence such as domestic Violence Act, Prohibition of trafficking in person Act, Prevention of female Genital mutilation Act, National Gender Policy and National Action plan on Gender base Violence among others, The women and girls especially those facing multiple vulnerability such as refugee, HIV positive woman and women with disabilities remain unsafe and don’t enjoy their full protection of the law.
“Their rights remain pervasive with 56% of women in intimate partner relationships experiencing physical, sexual and emotional Violence from their partner. Those women’s have greater chance of having a low birth weight baby, risk of depression, induced abortion and likely be living with HIV” Dora Said
Research reveals that, i 1.4 million people are living with HIV, women in particular are disproportionately affected and HIV prevalence is almost 4×4 times higher among young women aged 15-24 than young men of the same age.
According to Hawa Kagoya the programmes Manager Center for domestic Violence prevention (CEDOVIP) calls the Government to work together with different agencies and to fulfill it’s obligations to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
“Allocate resources for implementation of the domestic Violence Act, resource barriers such as HIT testing kits, drugs stock out, structural access to justice barriers and access to essential services negating the full enjoyment of the right to safety and dignity by refugee women and women with disabilities. However I call upon members of Parliament to enhance the safety and protection of women and girls through the passing of the Sexual Offence Bill, Marriage and Divorce Bill, Employment Amendment Bill and Succession Amendment Bill” Hawa Said