Women activists weigh in on Gender-based violence in Busoga

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Women activists have appealed to government to step in and support efforts towards addressing issues of Gender Based Violence in the country and especially in Busoga sub region.

 The Uganda Women’s Network want government to support Gender based Violence work especially the Shelter and legal aid services offered in the Busoga sub region that have played a big role in addressing cases of Gender based violence.

Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, women activists led by the Executive Director Uganda Women Network Ritah Aciro revealed that the Irish government will stop funding the projects this year which threatens the continuity of the Gender Based Violence activities in the sub-region.

Achiro asked Kadaga to engage the Irish government to consider renewing their funding towards the projects whose funding is ending next month. She said that the women movement through these various projects in some districts of Busoga had registered serious achievements including a drop in the number of Gender Base Violence cases from 52 % to 28%.

Committing to cause a meeting with the New Irish Ambassador to Uganda, Kadaga said there is equally a need to engage other arms of government to ensure funds are availed for activities geared towards addressing Gender Based Violence.

She noted with concern that it would not be right for Uganda  to rely on funding from civil society groups and development partners to address matters affecting her citizens.

Kadaga also assured the activists that after her interaction with the World Bank yesterday on matters of loans offered to Uganda, part of the support from such development partners will be channeled to addressing issues of Gender Based Violence.

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