Okello Owuna, Prime Minister of Acholi Cultural Institution [Ker-Kwaro Acholi] in his communication, said as a cultural institution they are trying to abandon events like funerals where a deceased was a victim of GBV.
Despite efforts to combat GBV, Sarah Agiro, a Psychosocial Support Officer at Action Aid, Katakwi branch, reported registering 204 cases of gender-based violence within the last six months in the district.
African Union’s Agenda 2063 says that all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls should be eliminated.
John Teko, the MEAL officer at Straight Talk Foundation Karamoja, highlights fear as a significant deterrent in reporting Gender Based Violence cases, with 39% remaining unreported, even among the working class.
In Uganda, according to UN Women Global Database, 50 percent of women aged between 15-49 have or will experience IPV or GBV with the leading being lifetime physical or sexual intimate partner violence.
About 19 years ago, African States adopted the protocol to the Africa charter on human and peoples’ rights on the rights of women.
Rights groups have pointed out that women experience changes in their livelihoods because of deforestation and eventually gender-based violence.