THE high level of poverty has increased gender violence, according to the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Grace Akello, a human rights commissioner said dependency exposed women to sexual exploitation.
THE high level of poverty has increased gender violence, according to the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
â€œWomen are often affected by poverty more than men and this increases their dependency on men for survival and support,â€ said Grace Akello, a human rights commissioner.
She added that the dependency exposed women to sexual exploitation.
Akello was last Wednesday speaking at the launch of a 16-day campaign against gender-based violence at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.
She said there was need for the Government to start income-generating activities to help vulnerable women become self-reliant.
â€œMany victims of gender-based violence are tied to their cultural beliefs and do not report cases.â€
Akello said there was need to adopt a human rights-based approach to the prevention of violence, saying this would enhance participation of the victims in decision making.
â€œThe Government and the international community should ensure that victims get physical and psychological rehabilitation, counselling, health and social services.â€
Akello urged the UN member states to develop laws that address gender violence.
â€˜Poverty increasing gender violenceâ€™