Unequal power exposes women & girls to Gender-Based Violence

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Action Aid Uganda launched the ILO end Gender-Based Violence campaign that focuses on the most trans-formative service delivery sectors in Uganda, looks at contributing toward reducing the burden of care on women, demand for increased accountability by the state as well and eliminating barriers towards women and girls equitable access to quality public services

‘And looking at the unequal power relations in society, it has exposed women and girls to gender-based violence and exploitation’s, we are here in Greater Nebbi region to speak about the barriers that women face in communities, families and at workplaces” ~Harriet Gimbo, Director Programmes at Action Aid Uganda said

Uganda has so many progressive policies, laws that guarantee women rights, financing but the implementation of these policies, laws still remains a big challenge in the country and at the national level there is no instrument that ensures accountability by states on violence, harassment in the world of work and we shall either speak out or let our mother’s, sisters continue dying in silence, things must change and time is now ~ Harriet Gimbo, Director Programmes at Action Aid Uganda.

The campaign will run for two years and it is on women’s labour, decent work and public services, at the ILO end Gender-Based Violence in Nebbi, The Director Programmes Harriet Robinah Gimbo said; financing for Gender Responsive Public Services should be prioritized and this campaign should help government officials to reflect on the microeconomic policies on women unpaid care work and inclusive financing that can greatly contribute to women economic justice.

”There’s a need in the advocacy for inclusive progressive tax regimes that recognize and redistribute women and girls unpaid care work having high dividends; this is an opportunity to build new knowledge and amplify the voices of vulnerable women as a collection agency and the newly launched campaign will contribute to making shift the agenda, and open new frontiers for women decent work, unpaid care and increased financing for Gender Responsive Public Service” ~Harriet Gimbo, Programmes Director added

Towards ratifying ILO Convention, as Action Aid Uganda shall continue strengthening and establishing new partners with Movements, CSOs, Labor Unions and more organizations who believe in gender equality – Harriet Gimbo

After the launch, The team later commissioned a water tap at Abindu Primary School. The tap was built specifically to help young girls and women in  to get clean water during menstrual periods, Action Aid Uganda Directors Programmes Harriet Gimbo said

The Abindu primary school borders Congo and people around the area have been suffered so many years, girls would travel long distances to fetch water but with this newly built tap by National water, it will help the community get clean water and reduces work for the girl child.

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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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