On 30th November, Right Here Right Now Uganda held an online chat with Miss Uganda raising star, Nawanyaga Gloria. The Organisation envisions a world where all young people are able to access quality and youth-friendly health services without discrimination
Engaging young people on the internet especially young people living with HIV in Uganda is one way to create a conducive spaces and shape their thoughts on HIV. Having tweet chats helps people change the perception of the people living with HIV.
Right here right now Uganda tweet chat was aimed at sensitizing the online community about the relationship between HIV and Gender-based violence and prevention; in order to reduce stigma, discrimination, violence and finding ways to keep people living HIV safe in the public eye addressing these issues is the way to go.
As a country, if we to end gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, stigma in the country will require joint action by women, men, Unions, Parliamentarians, Journalists Human Rights Activists and of course good policies. If we can start working together, we shall create a surge in demands that the Government will not be able to ignore.
Engaging in the online tweet chats should remain core agenda for all people to use and bring to light, inspire people at the grassroots to take action and contribute to positive change and healthy living, and it is not until we all take action, that’s when will realize a generation free from HIV stigma and Sexual Gender-Based Violence.
During the chat, Ms. Gloria was asked if there is a big relationship between Gender-based violence and HIV; here is what she said, ‘This relationship can bring on Board YPLHIV in GBV because many of them are victims of violence and this calls for action for all Young People Living HIV to say NO to GBV and also meaningfully engage in activities of ending the duo-tragedy’
‘As a Young Person who is empowered and believes that no one has a right to violate me, l think that all Young People to stand up and speak up on all forms of violence. I have empowered my fellow girls and women through advocacy’ – Gloria added
Looking at the situation in Uganda, it is impossible to end the epidemic, Gender-based violence against women without involving young people especially boys and the government must commit to upholding the dual principles of meaningful involvement and justice in the responses.
Together, we can make a difference in our communities. Say no to Gender-based violence against young girls and women