Closure Of The Government Of Uganda

Meeting For The Closure  Of The Government Of Uganda – Irish Aid Joint Programme To Address Gender Based Violence (GBV) Held On 5thFebruary 2019 At Hotel Africana

In December, 2011, His Excellency the President of Uganda, while speaking at the 4th Ordinary Summit and Special Session on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, committed to provide support to survivors of SGBV through fast tracking the establishment and scaling up of “Recovery Centres”.

Domestication of this commitment started in 2014, through thedevelopment of GBV Shelter Guidelines by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development which set out a minimum service package for shelter survivors in need of these services. 

This Joint Programme was the vehicle that made it a reality as it established a comprehensive mechanism to support survivors of violence in accessing immediate safe spaces, comprehensive medical, psychosocial, forensic, legal and judicial/prosecution services absolutely free of charge.

The GoU-Irish Aid Joint Programme (JP) was therefore established to address gender based violence (GBV) in Busoga region and was implemented from 2010-2018, with financial and technical support of Irish Aid. 

The joint programme was designed to contribute to improved quality of life and enjoyment of rights for all through reduced vulnerability and social tolerance to GBV in the community particularly among girls and women. 

The programme was implemented in eight districts of Bugiri, Buyende, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Iganga, Mayuge and Namutumba. Busoga region was particularly targeted based on the Uganda Demography Health Survey (2006) findings which established that Eastern Uganda had the highest incidences of Sexual violence cases against women at 74%.

5thFebruary 2019 was the official end of the Joint Programme to address Gender Based Violence in Busoga supported by GOU-Irish Joint Programme.

 The Speaker of Parliament and Woman MP for Kamuli District where the project was implemented was represented by Hon. Lamwaka Cathering, Woman Member of Parliament for Omoro and Vice Chairperson – UWOPA. Hon. Lamwaka extended her gratitude to all who had contributed in making this joint programme a successduring the 8 years of implementation. 

In spite of the achievements that were registered, GBV specifically Violence Against Women and Girls remains a real development problem. 

It is a vice that can be addressed if we all take responsibility within our respective dockets. Negative attitudes and behavior that drive Violence Against Women can be steadily changed through education to empower communities. 

GBV can be addressed through equipping those directly charged with preventing and responding with the technical, financial and logistical tools to play their part. 

She emphasized that GBV can be stamped out if we all realise that women and girls have rights and entittlements that must be respected and protected adding that there are a number of tools at disposal. 

She stated that the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda expressed her full commitment to prioritising the enactment of the various gender bills that are currently on the Order Paper.