COVID-19 lockdown: The country is into a difficult situation

Uganda’s lockdown has been eased, now people are allowed to move, some shops, malls, offices are operating. The lockdown began on 20th March 2020 after registering the first case of COVI-19.

One would say that we should get a lockdown extension because the number of cases are increasing day by day and one would say that we need to find ways of living with this pandemic. Yes, they are all right, it depends on how you have been affected

Yes, the lockdown restrictions are eased, but the challenges women and girls are facing are countless. Look at mental health issues, domestic violence mention them but a few

The virus has affected the lives of women, girls and young people across the country for weeks, months and maybe for years to come. The pain of the virus has thrown our future into great uncertainty

At the time of writing this story, over 678 cases have been confirmed and more than 160 people have so far recovered from the virus, and as a country doing the best to recover from some of the economic, businesses, political challenges, they have forgotten the challenges that women and girls are facing right now

These challenges are visible, the government is so focused on controlling or containing the spread of the virus and they shouldn’t be giving this an excuse to disregard the women and girls support

Now, what can be done to support those affected by Gender-Based Violence and how to stop it. Take a look at some of the conversations on how young people can curb GBV in communities, and the tweet chat was organized by Amref Health Uganda

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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