My body my consent; consent is Key

Hon. Anna Adeke and Hon. Jovah launched a new campaign called ”My body my consent”- Consent is Key

So many women and girls are still forced to have sex against their will and sometimes or all the time, their choice to report the cases to police are being blocked by the society, weak laws and corruption.

For hundreds of young women and girls in Uganda, the right to end rape is little more than a meaningless abstraction, It’s time for UGANDA to reframe the legal laws so that women not only gain the constitutional right to choose who to have sex with but also the constitutional right to government assistance in bringing the perpetrators to books

The newly launched campaign ” my body my consent” is geared towards creating a Uganda that is safer for both men and women to freely enjoy their sexual rights through expediting the passing of the sexual offence bill.

The campaign is also looking at pushing the Government to provide legal, psychological support to victims of rape and sexual assault and public condemning sexual violence in its forms of encouraging the victims to speak up, naming the perpetrators of assault and rapist.

From Choice to Consent is the most basic right and the foundation of all relationships in the social and legal systems. If a woman does not agree to the things that affect her body and liberty, then, by definition, any sexual violence is illegal and unacceptable

Speaking at the press conference that took place at Parliament of Uganda on Wednesday, Hon. Adeke Anna said that they going to table a motion on the floor of Parliament Ug to pass the Sexual Offences Bill, 2015 before the end of January.

As activists, we shall conduct a mega protest rally in the streets of Kampala to inform the intending perpetrators that the law will soon get them. Hon. Adeke Anna added.

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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