In a move to raise public awareness on sound chemical use and waste management, the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has disseminated awareness materials to the districts of Kiboga, Kassanda, and Kyankwanzi.
The materials in form of t-shirts, caps, stickers and posters that display information on proper use of agro-chemicals, health impacts of mercury use and proper waste management were handed over to the district officials in the respective districts and other members of the public for easy information dissemination.
Kayonza miners learning the technique of using Borax as an alternative to mercury use.
Transiting from the use of mercury to a more user friendly, less harmful and more productive methodology of using Borax in artisanal gold mining is still slow but catching up with intensive trainings among artisanal miners especially in Kassanda district.
Despite some of them knowing the harmful impacts of mercury, their mindset is still stuck to the fact that mercury is still the best option alternative, perhaps due to lack of enough sensitization on alternative choices.
Gender Based Violence As majority of the population stayed at home to stay safe from COVID- 19, homes turned out to be hell for majority of the women countrywide and cases of domestic violence increased.
The Ministry of Gender reported that between March 30th and April 28th, a total of 3,280 cases of GBV were reported to police in addition to 283 cases of violence against children¹. Additionally, a survey carried out by Action Aid revealed that Pallisa district registered 150 cases of gender based violence during the
period of March and May.
These are only but the known cases that have been reported. One wonders how many women suffered from GBV and were not able to report due to the ban on transport to access the police, due to fear of reporting someone you are still locked up with for the more months.
These actions violate Art.33 of the constitution and Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women which Uganda
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