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Deputy Speaker Anita Among in Madrid for IPU Conference

Deputy Speaker Anita Among In Madrid For IPU Conference

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among is in Spain’s capital Madrid to attend the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union conference. IPU is a global organization of national parliaments.

Among held a bilateral meeting with the president and executive committee of the IPU on the sidelines of the conference.

The meeting aimed at establishing the role the Ugandan Parliament can play in championing IPU resolutions in the East African region.

She also attended the African geopolitical group of IPU. During this, they were going to discuss a presentation by the IPU on sexism, harassment, and violence against women in African parliaments.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said on Thursday that violence against women and girls is a crime and a public health emergency.

He tweeted saying it is time to redouble efforts together to eliminate the pervasive human rights issue by 2030.

The 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual international campaign. It kicked off on Thursday (November 25), the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It will run until December 10, Human Rights Day.

Guterres noted that this bad vice continues to be the most pervasive and pressing human rights issue in the world today.

‘’It is both an abhorrent crime and a public health emergency with far-reaching consequences for millions of women and girls in every corner of the globe. The latest figures from UN Women confirm that during the Covid-19 pandemic, levels of violence against women and girls increased,’’

Last month, Uganda received recognition from Suzanne Mandingo for the overall success in eliminating GBV especially female genital mutilation. The prevalence of FGM now stands at 3%, down from over 50%.

She emphasized that it is achievable for the country to totally eliminate FGM to zero percentage by 2030.

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