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LASPNET LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT INCREASING GBV CASES IN GREATER MUKONO

 

On 19th August 2021, LASPNET with funding from the European Union launched a campaign to combat the increasing Gender-Based Violence-GBV cases in Mukono, Buikwe and Kayunga districts. The campaign commenced with the training of Informal Justice Actors and was crowned off with the distribution of a total of 200 bicycles to Community Watch Committee-CWC members comprising of men and women to purposely facilitate mobility, detect and report GBV cases within the community

A group photo of Community Watch Committee Members posing with the Guest of Honor Mr. Thomas Kamusiime (in a black suit), LASPNET CEO Dr. Sylvia Namubiru M. and other guests

The rationale for considering Buikwe, Kayunga and Mukono is because these are project implementation areas where LASPNET is currently implementing an EU funded project titled “Empowering the formal and informal justice systems to handle and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV).” While officiating the event, LASPNET Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa, appreciated all recipients for having voluntarily accepted to serve as CWCs and noted that the bicycles were to enable them traverse the community to identify and document GBV cases for management and referral to the responsible institutions. She further informed the CWC members that there was a huge task ahead of them since GBV cases including domestic violence, rape, defilement and child-related offences were more rampant in the 3 aforementioned districts and this was informed by the media, the Police report of 2020 and the LASPNET Baseline survey.

Mr. Thomas Kamusiime, the EU representative who at the same time was Guest of Honor appreciated LASPNET for the initiative to empower local communities to build resilience against GBV. He further underscored EU’s continued commitment towards ensuring empowerment and gender equality. He further noted ¾ of the communities in Uganda experience some form of violence which requires concerted efforts to such cases. In addition, Mr. Kamusiime decried the failure to put into practice the existing laws, policies as well as international instruments such as CEDAW outlawing GBV.

Finally, he mentioned that the lockdown exacerbated GBV cases which prompted EU to partner with LASPNET to respond to GBV in the satellite districts of Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe since they are among the top districts in the country with too many cases of the vice reported.” The 200 bicycle were distributed out in the presence of Mr. Kiganda Abbey,the District Community Development Officer of Buikwe district who also called upon the public to Break the Silence on GBV.

L-R: The CEO of LASPNET Dr. Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa giving her opening remarks and the Guest of honor Mr. Thomas Musiime addressing the participants at the launching of the campaign 

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