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.
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