By Aluma Aribo
Arua. Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) will use Shs 8 billion for the next five years to fight gender based violence in four selected districts across the country.
Speaking during at Odramacaku trading centre, Sam Mwandara, the project coordinator at RHU said the targeted districts of Arua, Bushenyi and Kapchorwa had the highest cases of gender based violence in the country.
Alcoholism, genital mutilation and poverty are still the major causes of violence against women according to the survey by the organization.
According to the UN, the majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women explaining the level of economic violence experienced by women. Women also continue to be victims of other forms of gender based violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.
The district Secretary for Finance, Kamilo Sabo, castigated the locals for producing many children whom they could not cater for under the illusion that others will die.
“Our men just want to produce children until the woman’s womb gets tired. The notion that we produce many children because others will die should stop because these days the government has many interventions which prevent children from dying,” Sabo said.
Officials from the Reproductive Health marching on Arua streets. Photos by Aluma Aribo.
Cavin Ayaka, 26, a mother of three said: “I left my husband’s home and I am now at our home because he used to beat me but he has followed me and he continues to do so. Whenever the youths want to revenge, he runs to Congo yet he is the one who buys everything in the home” she narrated.
The Member of Parliament for Ayivu County, Bernard Atiku, said the high rates of violence against women in Ayivuni Sub County has led the district leadership to refocus its attention to fight the vice which he said was killing the institution of a family.
Police say majority of cases against women are still under reported by the victims for fear of their families and societal norms which prevents women from speaking out.