National
Great Lakes states to jointly fight sexual violence
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2014
Great Lakes states to jointly fight sexual violence
Some of the leaders of the Great Lakes region. One of the resolutions recently passed by the statesmen is to jointly fight sexual violence. FILE PHOTO/Eddie Ssejjoba
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Moses Mulondo

Countries within the Great Lakes region will share measures and efforts to fight the rampant dehumanizing problem of sexual violence.

This was one of the resolutions passed on Friday at Lake Victoria Hotel-Lweza during the International conference on conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence crimes.

Outlining the resolutions, UN’s James J. Arguin, said many countries experience a backlog of cases resulting from inadequate judges available. Uganda is one of the countries whose judiciary is understaffed.

The participants called upon religious leaders to use their religious teachings to carry out a protracted campaign against sexual related crimes.

They observed that whenever there is a political conflict, sexual violence is used as a weapon for genocide.

The participants who came from various nations and development partners urged governments to avail more resources to the efforts for preventing, investigating and prosecuting sexual violence.

Realizing that some cultural norms and practices fuel sexual violence and gender based violence, the participants called for massive civic sensitization as one of the interventions that will bring down the prevalence. 

It was agreed that governments should undertake measures to meet the long term needs of the victims including giving them continuous counseling.

They called for specialized training for judges, prosecutors and lawyers on how to handle sexual violence cases.

While closing the two day conference, Hassan Bubacar, the prosecutor for the Arusha based UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, said they have compiled a report containing best practices on preventing, investigating and prosecuting sexual violence crimes.

“Sexual violence is a global problem. We shall distribute practical tools to governments to help them wage the war against the impunity,” Bubacar stated.

He called for partnerships between governments, regional and international bodies to work together to combat sexual violence.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
80 Ugandan MPs ‘use vehicles as offices’
Due to limited office space at Parliament, 80 NRM MPs work from their vehicles, departing Government Chief Whip Justine Lumumba says....
Nkesiga was a corrupt-free man - Museveni
POLITICAL leaders and prominent clergy were among thousands who gathered on Thursday say farewell to Rev Solomon Nkesiga, the man of God who was known as humble and amiable....
Korea pledges sh25b to reduce maternal mortality
THE Government of South Korea and UNICEF Uganda have signed an agreement that will see the former give to the latter for taming the high maternal and new-born mortality in Karamoja and Acholi...
Court extends criminal summons against Kiyingi
NAKAWA Chief Magistrate’s Court has extended criminal summons against Doctor Aggrey Kiyingi in connection with the recent murder of two prominent Muslim Clerics...
Local govts invite private partners for business
Local governments have passed a number of resolutions at the end of their two-day 10th forum on Joint Review of Decentralization (JARD), among them, the resolve to invite private partners in doing business....
Health ministry directs NMS on resuscitation kits
The health ministry has directed the National Medical Stores (NMS) to make the procurement of newborn resuscitation devices a priority. The move is intended to ensure availability of the equipment to stem the high rate of death of newborn babies who fail to breathe at birth, a condition known as as...
Will the ban of food vendors help eliminate typhoid?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter