KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Minister of Gender, labour and social development Hon Betty Amongi has today launched the second Women, Peace and Security Programme 2022-2026 with the commitment to prioritising sustainable and inclusive peace and security for women in Uganda.
While delivering her speech at the program launch in Kampala, Ms Amongi enumerated the various program government has undertaken to address issues of peace and security including:- Localising UN security council resolutions 1325, scaling programs to address GBV, Scaling multi-sectoral approaches to enhance access to justice by women continuing to implement an open door policy on refugees.
“I have hope that the women and girls will be positively impacted, empowered, engaged women who shall enjoy human rights, peace, Justice and Security,” said Amongi.
The minister called on Civil Society Organizations to work with cultural and religious institutions since they are the gatekeepers for social rules that can either protect or undermine women’s attainment of peace.
According to national statistics from the gender ministry, the prevalence data on different forms of violence against women stands as below;
- Lifetime Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence: 49.9 %
- Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months: 29.9 %
- Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence: Official National Statistics Not Available
- Child Marriage: 34 %
- Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: 0.3 %
About the Women, Peace and Security Programme (WPS)
Also known under the name PeaceWomen, promotes feminist perspectives on peace and security by advocating for women’s participation, transforming gendered power and bridging local experience and gender analysis with global efforts.
In Uganda, the Women, Peace and Security programme is financed by the government of Norway with core commitment geared towards addressing issues of Peace and Security through a multi-sectoral approach.
The Programme also provides recognised leadership that bridges the feminist movement and the peace movement on issues of peace and security.
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