The United Nations Population Fund and United Nations Women have signed an agreement to put into effect the joint programme on Gender Based violence in Uganda with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda.
The Embassy of Sweden in Uganda has given the two UN agencies a fund of 28,750,000 million dollars and the program will focus on supporting all activities done to prevent and respond to gender based violence.
They will also sensitize locals in hard to reach areas and vulnerable populations on two cores sexual reproductive health and human rights.
The Swedish ambassador to Uganda Per Lindgare said that they are pleased to work with the two agencies UNFPA and UN Woman in the fight to end gender based violence in Uganda.
“We are happy to join the two partners to find ways to prevent and combat gender based violence in Uganda and are very proudly committing more funds for this cause through this five-year joint program on gender based violence integrating SRHR in Uganda,” says the Swedish ambassador.
While at the signing ceremony which was on Monday at the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Lindgare added that since his arrival in Uganda October 2016 he has been dedicating much time to gender equality and fight against violence against women.
“I have dedicated much time to gender equality and fight against violence against women. We cannot allow violence and fear to stand in the way of making Uganda prosper and develop.” He said.
Alain Sibenalar the UNFPA representative said that gender based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of survivors.
“The physical and mental health consequences are substantial and contribute, both directly and indirectly to many negative health outcomes among women and their children”.
He added that effects on their sexual and reproductive health are also severe including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and trauma fistulas and sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since January 2018, a total of 4050 gender based violence cases have been reported.