Minister for state for the Elderly and Disabled Hon Sarah Kanyike has called on cultural institutions to cooperate with Government in eradicating Sexual and Gender (SGBV) based violence among children and women
While officiating at the launch of a report about Promotion of Women’s and Girls’ rights titled “Is Culture the Missing Link?”, the Minister said fighting violence should not be left to government but should be a role of every citizen.
“When we gather every year to lament about the consistent cases of Gender Based violence and related manifestations such as early marriages, teenage pregnancies and Female Genital mutilation, it clearly implies the need for concerted efforts to address whatever bottlenecks exist.” The minister said.
She promised through her Ministry to work closely with cultural leaders in elimination of cultural practices which undermine women empowerment as well as promoting gender violence.
“The Government recognizes the contribution of Traditional and cultural institutions in development of their communities especially mobilizing their subjects to participate in Government programs.”
Barbra Babweteera the Deputy Executive Director of Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) the brains behind this report appreciated the cultural leaders for the support they rendered to them during the study.
“We call upon the Ministry of Gender to organize special engagements with cultural leaders to examine a number of cultural practices in question and find out whether they are still relevant in the current situation.”
The launch which happened in Kampala attracted representatives from most of the kingdoms and chiefdoms in the country.