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Mugalu Leads Church of Uganda in Efforts to Combat Gender-Based Violence


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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, has reaffirmed the church’s dedication to putting an end to violence against women and girls across various spheres of society. This commitment extends to addressing issues of violence within homes, schools, workplaces, and public spaces, as part of the church’s broader mission to promote equality and dignity for all individuals.

In a press statement shared by the CoU Communications Officer, Adams Sadiiki, Archbishop Kaziimba emphasized the church’s belief in the inherent value and dignity of every individual, rooted in the biblical principle that all people are created in the image and likeness of God. He stressed the importance of removing barriers that hinder women and girls from accessing equal opportunities and fulfilling their God-given purposes.

During his pastoral visit to Kumi Diocese, Archbishop Kaziimba engaged in various activities aimed at empowering women, including mobilizing them for economic empowerment and advocating for their rights. This visit coincided with the national celebrations of International Women’s Day, where the Archbishop conducted a special church service at St. Stephen CoU in Kumi district.

The Church of Uganda, through its Directorate of Household and Community Transformation, has been actively involved in supporting initiatives that promote women’s economic empowerment. These efforts are facilitated by programs such as the Interfaith Action for Gender and Economic Justice, which focuses on providing women and girls with opportunities to participate in income-generating activities and business ventures.

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In addition to economic empowerment, the Church of Uganda also commits to providing support to survivors of gender-based violence through counseling services and the establishment of safe spaces within church ministries, such as the Mothers Union, Fathers Union, Youth, and Children Ministries. Furthermore, the church aims to strengthen programs focused on the development and mentorship of the boy child, emphasizing the importance of positive parenting and role modeling.

The Archbishop expressed gratitude to partners such as Dan Church Aid (DCA) for their support in implementing women’s economic empowerment projects across various districts in Uganda. These projects have yielded positive outcomes and contributed to the church’s efforts in promoting gender equality and empowerment.

Looking ahead, the Church of Uganda remains steadfast in its commitment to accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment, as reflected in its celebration of Women’s Day under the theme “Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment.” Through collaborative efforts and continued advocacy, the church aims to create a more inclusive and equitable society for women and girls in Uganda.

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