Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has developed parenting guidelines to offer guidance on roles and responsibilities of family members in a bid to curb the rising cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence against children in homes.
The Minister of State for Gender and Culture Hon Peace Mutuzo made the pronouncement while addressing reporters at Uganda Media Center ahead of today’s International day of Family.
“The Ministry has developed parenting guidelines to offer guidance on roles and responsibilities of all family members. Some aspects from those guidelines that could be of high value during the lockdown are; resolving conflict constructively and promptly by taking about them while addressing the issue not a person,” Mutuzo told reporters.
Where guidelines cannot be followed, she advised parents and guardians to seek psychosocial support services which the Ministry of Gender is taking a lead through Community Development Officers (CDOs) and Probation officers at district level and lower levels.
Although, some families are harmonized and peaceful, Mutuzo expressed fear that there are a few others that have turned violent.
In just 4 months (January to April 2020), the cases of violence against children were 1,967 according to Child Helpline, May 2020.
Of these, girls (1,148) were the most affected compared to boys (766) while others were 53.
The lead perpetrators were reported to be fathers followed by non-related adults and the mothers.
Neglect and physical abuse were prominent cases registered.
In terms of location, Wakiso district had the highest number of cases (934), followed by Kampala with 578 among others.
Gender Based Violence cases reported were 3,250 within a period of less than one month (between 30th March and 28th April 2020) according to Police.
This, Mutuzo said is unacceptable.
“I am concerned with such huge figures for children and women. Some members of the family have died due to intolerance at home. This is unacceptable,” she said.
She added, “some of these cases were due to inability to access income to support the family, not being used to staying together, poor communication and in other cases due to patriarchal tendencies among others. This disregarding treatment of a member of the family is unacceptable.”