Much as the law enforcement teams have always been on a rough end of the stick, yesterday marked a heavy turnout by the Uganda Police Force, safeboda drivers, ordinary motorcycle riders, U.N delegates and well-wishers for a “Safe Ride to End Violence Against Women and Girls” campaign aimed at helping spread the message of solidarity in fighting violence against women.
As part of the event, a number of citizens participated in a walk aimed at sensitizing Ugandan communities, protesting the sexualized violence and discrimination against women plus educating the masses about the best sexual violence prevention strategies.
The U.N. Women, a United Nations Organization dedicated to promoting gender and equality sponsored the today’s walk as part of the 16 days of activism to End Violence against Women.
While addressing the activists, the Acting Commissioner of Police In-charge of Child and Family Protection Unit Maureen Atuhaire said that riders are champions in the struggle to end violence against women in the society.
Ag. CP. Atuhaire said that Gender Based Violence is perceived as a global burden, the most wide spread and socially tolerated of human rights violations cutting across all boarders, race, class, ethnicity and religion.
In Uganda, the recent police report shows that Gender Based Violence remains a strenuous burden.
According to 2017 annual crime report, a total of 15,325 cases of Domestic Violence were reported and investigated, 14,895 cases of defilement were investigated compared to 17,395 cases in 2016, thus giving a decrease of 14% while 1,335 cases of rape were investigated compared to 1,454 cases in 2016 hence a decrease by 10.6%.