Woman Member of Parliament for Serere District Helen Adoa has called on the civil society and Ugandans to support all the endeavours to empower the boy child.
Adoa believes that by doing so, it will ensure that all children explore their full potential to greatly contribute to the growth of their societies.
“When we talk of empowering girls, we must also include boys,” noted Adoa during a breakfast meeting on Gender based violence held on Thursday at Golden Tulip hotel in Kampala.
Adoa who defeated Alice Alaso to earn her parliamentary seat, noted that the boys suffer in silence and it’s high time that the concerned gets to act.
She explained: “We need to empower the boy child because we have concentrated much on girls. These boys are equally suffering yet they are the ones who are going to marry these girls. The two need to develop at an equal rate.
“Boys are equally suffering silently; the budget is much on girls. Psychologically, boys are told to ‘Be a man’ during times of torture and their rights have been heavily violated.”
Sophie Nampewo of Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group and Tina Musuya (CEDOVIP) also speaking on the event noted that a lot still needs to be done to stop Gender based violence in Uganda.
It was recently reported that 56% of every married Ugandan women (age 15-49) experience spousal violence. One million Uganda women (13%) experienced sexual violence last year.
It should be noted that he government of Uganda has put in place impressive laws and policies to protect the rights and interests of women and girls – including the domestic violence act 2010, the prohibition of female genital mutilation act 2010 and others.