Uganda

Sexual and gender based violence in Uganda

SGBV is replete in the Ugandan society. Statistics from the United Nations Women Organisation Global Database on Violence against Women tell this sordid tale; for every ten Ugandan women, five are likely to experience physical violence in their lifetime. SGBV is chiefly prevalent in marriage, with 3 in 10 women experiencing varied forms of physical and sexual violence, a rate which is more than twice as high the 14% average of the rest of the developing world. This situation is exacerbated by the preponderance of child marriages in Uganda, which accounts for 40%, making it one of the highest in the continent. While SGBV statistics on men remain cursory it is reported that 59% of men aged 15-49 years have undergone physical or sexual violence at least once since the age of 15.

While SGBV is proscribed in the Ugandan constitution and a number of gender discriminatory laws, the vice is entrenched in the social beliefs, systems, perceptions and attitudes about men and women and their roles in the society. Rural communities hardly have an inkling of the existence of the laws on SGBV, thus are only adherent to culture, which many a time promotes it. Culture is principally attributed to the 1% of women between ages 15 to 49 that have undergone FGM.

In cognizance of this state of affairs, the Government of Uganda, in collaboration with several other NGOs and civil society groups, aim to reach out to the communities with the view of changing the social, cultural and economic systems that present an affront to gender equality and human rights. The Government of Uganda recognized SGBV as a serious problem and approved a National Policy on the Elimination of SGBV in October 2016.

Find organizations that support SGBV victims below.

73rd Parliament Charity Organisation


Advocacy

Access Youth Initiative (AYI)

www.ayi.or.ug
Advocacy

Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Gulu

http://www.arlpi.org/
Capacity Building

Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Gulu

http://www.arlpi.org/
Communication Awareness

Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Gulu

http://www.arlpi.org/
Peace Building

Action Aid Uganda

http://www.actionaid.org/uganda/what-we-do/womens-rights-and-gender-equity
Communication Awareness

Action Aid Uganda

http://www.actionaid.org/uganda/what-we-do/womens-rights-and-gender-equity
Medical Psycho-social-support

Action Aid Uganda

http://www.actionaid.org/uganda/what-we-do/womens-rights-and-gender-equity
Rehabilitation

Action for Development (ACFODE), Kampala

http://acfode.org/
Social Justice

Action for Development (AFCODE) Uganda

Plot 623/624, Dan Mulika Close – Bukoto P.O. Box 16729, Kampala (256) 414531812 info@acfode.org
Advocacy

African Fraternity for Justice, Peace and Development (AFROJPED)

http://www.afrojped.org/
Legal aid

African Fraternity for Justice, Peace and Development (AFROJPED)

http://www.afrojped.org
Advocacy

Akina Mama Wa Afrika (AMwA)

http://www.akinamamawaafrika.org/index.php/programmes/influencing-policy
Advocacy

American Refugee Committee (ARC), Regional Program, Southwest Uganda

http://arcrelief.org/
Communication Awareness

American Refugee Committee (ARC), Regional Program, Southwest Uganda

http://arcrelief.org/
Medical Psycho-social-support

American Refugee Committee (ARC), Regional Program, Southwest Uganda

http://arcrelief.org/
Legal aid

American Refugee Committee (ARC), Regional Program, Southwest Uganda

http://arcrelief.org/
Rehabilitation

Big Heart Foundation Uganda

https://bigheartfoundationuganda.wordpress.com
Communication Awareness

Bridge Life Development Foundation

http://www.blifedevtfo.wordpress.com/
Communication Awareness

CARE, Gulu

http://www.care.org/country/uganda
Communication Awareness

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