Sexual and gender related cases top the most registered crimes and further investigations reveal that the voices are rampant to both male and females below the ages of eighteen years, though most committed crimes are recorded to be inflicted on young girls and women who are the most vulnerable people
There is need to address the issue of sexual and gender based violence at all levels. Hosted a show on Wednesday to discuss way forward on meeting the needs of sexual violence survivors and system building in Uganda
Commenting during the show, Ms Perry Aritua, Executive director, Women’s Democracy Network-Uganda said; people in charge of big positions should commit themselves to punish perpetrators of the menace, and in order to achieve this, systems on suppression of sexual violence against women and children are put in place. These systems establishes a regional facility to train judicial officers, police, social workers, medical officers, journalists to report on such issues
People need to be taken through training’s to deepen understanding of the broadness of sexual and gender based violence in their professions and give them skills so as they can do work more effectively
Some cases are registered in court, police stations but sometimes chances of winning them are minimal due to lack of enough evidence, support and this is accounted to inadequate knowledge on handling investigations of such cases as perpetrators are released and left to merge back to society, Perry adds
Ms Perry added that, as an organisation, the police needs skills on how to handle special cases like rape cases on both victim and culprits, Cases of sexual and gender based violence have hindered growth in so many families and societies, to some extent children who hail from such families drop out of school especially the girl child as they cannot manage concentrate amidst chaos in their homes, some young girls get pregnancy all because of violence
The teenage pregnancy is still in the country, young people need to wake up and use their youthful time to change the narratives. The fight brings about empowerment that is required to prosecute those involved in perpetrating sexual and gender based violence, young people need to collaborate with other women movements/structures that are already in place for their voices to be heard and be worked on, Perry Aritua said
Government should have so many shelters where victims are housed for treatment and counselling. Building confidence to sexual survivor is also key in empowering society.
For more discussions on system building and Sexual Gender Based Violence in Uganda, watch the video above.