Whilst these 16 days of activism have caused national awareness and intensified the cause to end gender-based violence, their end is increasingly seeming to create an indelible turn of change as desired, this with the partnership of Policy, an organization working at the intersection of data, design and technology with Mozilla which is aiming at ensuring that internet remains a public resource that is open and accessible to all.

This partnership of Pollicy and Mozilla is aiming at creating a Digital Resource Share-a-thon where initiatives by African organizations for the inclusion of women in digital spaces through combating gender-based violence shall be showcased. With a digital information center that focuses on information regarding the earlier mentioned cause like Media Convergence joining NCII initiative with UK Revenge Porn Helpline and Meta aiming to introduce new tools to help people in situations when intimate images are shared online without their consent. such and much more information regarding the same noble cause including references to online sites that are rich in content and easily accessible.

The reality of gender-based violence is one that lives for ages before victims can overcome it, oftentimes, victims find it hard to escape such violence hence continuous suffering of its happening and subsequent effects. At a time when they successfully overcome it, their mental health is in a vulnerable state that requires re-initiation and hope coupled with supporting such individuals through those times of post GVB in their lives.

The number of people exposed and at the risk of experiencing gender-based violence is one that is alarming and shocking. According to UNHCR,81% of Uganda’s 1.4 million refugees are women and children who are at a high risk of gender-based violence. Such numbers are arguably not so far away even in communities that are not refugee-dominated within Uganda.

Thus, with easy access to information, individuals easily detect gender-based violence and know how to reasonably respond to it. Also, extreme availability and easy access to information regarding gender-based violence could cause fear in the perpetrators and ‘would-be’ perpetrators to desist from such inhumane actions for fear of exposure and knowledge of the intended victim. 

BARYAMUJURA MAHAD; A passionate writer interested in social justice


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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