Human rights activists have launched a campaign aimed at protecting the rights of Women and Children in the districts of Kigezi Sub-region.
The 3-year campaign championed by Action for Development (ACFODE) and We Effect, is being funded by the European Union.
Rebecca Rukundo Nduhuura, the programs Officer for ACFODE in Uganda, said the project came as a result of the increasing cases of human rights violations against women and children especially in the districts of Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukiga and Rubanda.
According to a November 2020 study from the Makerere University, School of Women and Gender Studies, Violence against women in Uganda is a common experience for majority of women. 51% of women aged 15 – 49 have been victims of physical violence since they were 15 years. This type of violence is higher in rural areas compared to urban areas with a rate of 53% against 47%.
The report also shows that 46% of women are afraid of their partners while 37% of them have been victims of controlling behavior such as extreme possessiveness, jealousy and control of income.