NAWOU in partnership with Luwero District, supported by FOKUS, conducted follow up dialogue meetings on Gender Based Violence (GBV) with community leaders in Kikyusa, Kamira, Kalagala, Bamunanika and Zirobwe sub-counties.
The dialogues intended to take stock of the current status of GBV, what has been done, what has worked, existing gaps and forging collective ways forward to strengthen efforts against violence. The initiative offered space for leaders to share, learn from the other’s experiences and they pledged continued service to victims seeking justice and create awareness on GBV within the different spaces they participate.
“As a result of the various NAWOU dialogue engagements on GBV held in Kalagala sub-county, we were guided and committed to form GBV Committees within our areas. I used to handle GBV cases reported under Anglican church alone, but later spearheaded the formation of a church GBV Committee with 10 members (5 men and 5 women) with whom we support each other to handle, counsel, sensitive , refer and follow up any emerging cases reported at church.” mentioned Rev. William Mirimu, one of the church leaders NAWOU collaborates with. He concluded by thanking NAWOU for involving different religious leaders in the cause. Several leaders in attendance shared positive feedback on what has been achieved and recommendations were noted to improve service delivery.
“Women at Work: Economic Justice for all” project implemented in Luwero district within 13 sub-counties is supported by Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS). With the overall project goal being strengthened realization of women’s economic participation and other economic rights, one of its outputs is awareness on GBV. GBV is noted as a contributing factor to women’s low participation in economic activities.