Swedish Ambassador Calls For Passing Of Marriage, Sexual Offenses Bills

By our reporter

The Swedish ambassador to Uganda H.E. Per Lindgärde is asking the govt of Uganda to consider passing the marriage and divorce bill and the sexual offenses bill into law if Ugandan women and girls are to live a violent free life.

Speaking at the function where UN women announced its partnership with safe boda to run a campaign against domestic violence among women and girls, Per reminded the country how crucial it is to address gender inequality as well as ending negative social and cultural norms.

The ambassador further raises the financial implication domestic violence has to the development of this country and warns that if nothing is done, then the country risks registering stagnation in terms of growth.

Now, the program specialist at UN Women, Susan Oregode welcomes the partnership with safe boda riders saying it will go a long way in sensitizing the community on the dangers of domestic violence against women and girls.

Speaking to one of the safe boda riders attending the event, he welcomed the partnership and pledged to spread the gospel as he executes his duties.

According to the official from KCCA, Josephine Lubwama, currently, they are doing a physibility study to map all hot spots in and around the city where they will then budget and start the installation of street lights as a means to provide security and safety for communities especially school children, women, and girls.

Josephine says under the campaign safe cities, the authority and UN women are trying to create safety for communities mainly school children, women and girls who move through these spots at dangerous hours.

It has become a norm that wrong elements hide in dark hot spots and commit crimes against innocent citizens.

Uganda losses UGX.77 billion annually to domestic violence acts with 35% of Ugandan women in relationships having experienced domestic violence.

Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark the seven days of activism against domestic violence ending on 10th December.


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