KAMPALA, Uganda– Both domestic and gender based violence cases have since risen exponentially owing to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Women and girls are more vulnerable than ever. With the world staying at home as per the lockdown preventive measure to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, there has been a rise in sexual and gender based violence including domestic violence posing a risk to the health and wellbeing of both women and girls hailing from abusive homes.
In light of the fact that gender based violence has remained prevalent despite its adverse effects simply because the general public and the responsibility holders are not according the vice the attention it so desperately deserves, UGANET therefore calls for an extension of the fight against gender based violence to the political scene.
“Those who have a history of previously battering their partner, be it a woman or man, or previously engaging in acts of domestic and sexual violence and human rights violations, should not be voted into office. We need to work towards bolstering the fight against this vice and make it a concern for everybody as it should be,” says Dorah Kiconco, UGANET’s Executive Director.
Figures from the Uganda Police Force indicate that over 10,000 gender based violence cases have to-date been officially registered since the first lockdown was announced in March 2020, not forgetting the cases feared unregistered.
A report by the United Nations entity for gender equality and empowerment (UN Women) says gender based violence is widely under-reported.
“Less than 40% of women who experience GBV seek help of any sort or report the crime, and less than 10% of those women go to police,” the report partly read.