- Most of the violence is caused as a result of alcoholism and poverty in families
- The leaders identified the issues of short courtship among couples who end up mistrusting
- Last year, Reproductive Health received Shs 8 billion to fight gender violence in communities across the country
Arua-The district leader has agreed to put more effort in reducing gender violence that is tearing families in the district.
During a week-long training at Royal Crane Resort by Reproductive Health Uganda, agreed to carry out more sensitization, engage the families in meetings, formulate by-laws report and refer cases of violence to relevant authorities so that the vice can be fought.
Already, there are drama groups and local artists have composed songs denouncing violence at schools and families. The Program Officer for Reproductive Health Uganda-Arua Branch, Mr Geoffrey Ogutu, said: “We need concerted efforts because most families and not living peacefully and this have affected the livelihood of children in families. Some of the violence are meted on children who end up dropping out of school, hence ruining their future.”
The police, politicians, prisons and UPDF officials and health workers were trained on how to handle cases of the violence. They were also trained on various aspects of reproductive health like family planning.
Prisons Officer demonstrate how to use the male condom during the training. Photo by Felix
Mr Ogutu added: “Gender based violence requires critical attention and integral knowledge in handling and supporting the cases for further management. There should be a linkage in identifying and referring cases in order to prevent further cases in communities.”
Some of the common cases of violence includes wife battering, killings, corporal punishments, rape and defilement and insults that causes trauma. The Lc3 Chairman of Aroi Sub-county, Mr Levy Dema, said: “We need to strengthen the fight by forming male groups in communities because some of the men are rigid and they are active in perpetrating violence in communities. This trend of family violence should be come to an end when we act together,” he said.
A policeman explains a point during the training. Photo by Felix
But the LC3 chairman of Arua Hill division, Ms Nesma Ocokoru, said some of the cases involving leaders end up being compromised. “It is not a one man’s fight and do not leave someone behind in this because the violence in communities is real and is ruining lives. It is unfortunate that sometimes leaders cover cases and the cases get killed. This must stop.”
The Police West Nile Public Relations Officer, Ms Josephine Angucia, said: “We need to strengthen reporting of cases and we shall ensure neutrality in handling gender violence cases especially involving leaders. There should be more sensitization to ensure that the communities get more involved.”