BY KETRAH JJEMBA
GENDER, Labour and Social Development minister Peace Mutuuzo says there are escalating cases of gender based violence country wide as these cases remain high.
According to the Minister, data collected by Uganda demographic and health survey indicated that 56% of ever married women and 44% of ever married men have experienced spousal violence either physical, sexual or emotional.
Mutuuzo said this while briefing media at media centre about the launch of 16 days of activism campaign.
She added that, “The national statistics show that over half of the women between 15 and 49 years have experienced violence and more than one in every five young girls between ages of 15 and 24 have experienced sexual violence in their life time.”
It shows that, violence against girls is very high as child marriages is still high as it’s at 34% for girls between 20-24, and female genital mutilation remains high in Kapchorwa, Moroto, Sebei and Karamoja region as 13% of children and 52% of women have been subjected to female genital mutilation.
Uganda is to join the rest of the world on friday 26th to launch the beginning of 16 days of activism campaign of gender based violence.
The national launch for this year will take place at Amagi primary school in Kamdin subcounty,Oyam district under the theme: ‘Always the world in violence against women and girls’.