Today several Ugandans have joined a match led by the UgandaPolice Force officers aimed at stopping violence against women. The match under the theme ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ‘ is a campaign to end violence against women.
Every November 25th – December 10th, the international campaign on violence against women and girls unites activists, organisations and individuals across the world to raise their collective voices against gender based violence.
This year, the UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme of ‘Orange the World’, with the national theme of peace in the homes to peace in the Nation: making education safe for all’.
The orange lighting ceremony at Parliament is intended to enlist the Legislature’s support in ending violence against women and girls in Uganda. The Parliament was chosen as the most recognised building by the public in Kampala.
The function was attended by a number of MPs, the diplomatic coup, development partners and UN representatives.
Speaking to the gathering which to witness the orange lighting festival, the UN Women Country Director, Hodan Addou described the act of violence against women and children as a gross human rights violation that devastates lives, causes untold pain, suffering and illness.
She called upon Government to mobilise of resources to fight against violence against women for gender equity. She explained that the orange colour is being used world-wide to raise awareness about ending violence against women and girls.
Hon Monica Amoding, the Chairperson of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) called for real action and demanded that parents share the gender roles among children in the homes. She also demanded for removal of polices that promote expulsion of pregnant girls from schools.
She called upon the male Members of Parliament to continue collaborating with the women female of Parliament to legislate against Gender Violence by putting in place the Succession Act Amendment Bill, Sexual Offences Bill and the Amendment of the Employment Act to allow employment bodies to provide breastfeeding corners for breastfeeding mothers among others.