Government expresses worry over increasing sexual and gender-based violence cases in the country. The ministry of gender made a survey and apparently noted that there is an increase in cases.
“Today we are seeing increasing sexual violence. In 2016, according to the recently launched national survey on gender-based violence in Uganda by UBOS, we stood at 21% but today, it is at 36%. That is a very big increase within just eight years from 21% to 36%. This tells a lot about Uganda’s population,” noted Angela Nakafeero, the Commissioner in charge of Gender and Women Affairs in the Ministry of Gender.
Police recently released their annual crime report which showed that domestic violence was among the top crimes committed in 2021.
Apparently, 17,533 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2021. Nakafeero noted that these increasing cases are a cause of worry.
“It is not surprising that we are crying of child marriages, we still have female genital mutilation. It is a reflection of who we are. We are violent and culture has made it even worse for us. Work-related violence is currently at 86%. Gender-based violence is shifting from homes and communities to our workplaces. Gender-based violence in Uganda is ever increasing but also dynamic. Whereas we managed to reduce physical violence, other forms of violence have increased. The task ahead of us is very huge,” she added.
Sexual and gender-based violence has been rampant since the season of lockdown. The main cause of this was that families were spending too much time together.
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