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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In December, 2019 a Court of Appeal judge allowed Hoima Sugar limited to destroy 22 Square miles of the disputed Bugoma Central Forest Reserve land in Hoima District and turn it into a sugarcane plantation. The National Forest Authority (NFA) had gone to the appellant Court to challenge a similar decision by the High Court.
The National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) with support from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is carrying out a campaign on sound management of chemicals and wastes in Uganda. The campaign focuses mainly on the safe use of chemicals in the tannery Industry, Agro chemicals, waste management, chemicals in consumer products and mercury use in the artisanal gold mining targeting different categories of people. Awareness raising materials have been developed to propel this campaign. This campaign is a continuous effort of NAPE to raise awareness on the impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment and to empower consumers with information on chemicals and good practices regarding use and management of chemicals. Click here for Publications developed in line with this campaign
National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has embarked on the process of donating COVID-19 prevention materials to several districts in central and mid-western Uganda that it works closely with. These materials include hand-wash tanks, infra-red thermometers, sanitisers and posters with messages on how the spread of COVID can be curbed.
Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the NAPE Executive Director said that the COVID-19 prevention materials were being donated in line with the President’s call to organisations and private individuals to contribute towards the efforts to curb the pandemic. He said that the targeted Districts include Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Hoima, Kikuube and Buliisa. These Districts are also covered by the NAPE established Community Green Radio (CGR).
The process of distributing the COVID prevention materials was kick-started in Kiboga Town Council on Thursday, 22nd May, 2020 with NAPE handing over items which included 17 handwash tanks, 6 infra-red thermometres, masks and sanitisers to the District COVID-19 Task Force.
Mr. Muramuzi who led the NAPE team, handed over the materials to Al Hajji Umar Lule Mawiya, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kiboga who is also the Chairperson of the District Task Force.
“We listened to the President carefully while he talked about the need for us all to join hands in fighting the corona virus. We contacted our development partners who were also concerned like us about the pandemic and they have started sending us the required support,” Muramuzi said.
While receiving the donations, RDC Mawiya expressed thanks and gratitude to NAPE for contributing generously to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recognised the efforts of the Community Green Radio in disseminating information to the communities on how they can keep themselves safe from contracting COVID-19.
“We all need to do whatever it takes to ensure that we overcome this battle. The coronavirus, if not stemmed, will have a huge negative impact on the most vulnerable communities and it poses a huge risk to efforts and progress towards defeating poverty,” Mawiya said.
Israel Yiga, the Kiboga District LCV chairperson also commended the Community Green Radio for disseminating regular information on COVID-19 prevention and on the environment. He said that the donations made were essential and timely.