The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Uganda, Rosa Malango has commended Makerere University for spearheading efforts aimed at ending gender based violence at institutions of learning and work places.
Malango while speaking at a public dialogue dubbed 16 Days of activsm against gender based Activism at the university, commended the institution for taking a bold step to suspend Edward Kisuze, one of its lecturers who was accused of sexual harassment.
This, she said was an act that other universities should emulate if they are to get rid of this nagging and traumatizing vice.
“I applaud the University for taking a bold and exemplary step against the don. It is high time we combated sexual harassment with boldness”, Malango implores.
Edward Kisuze is a senior administrative assistant in the Academic Registrar’s Department who burst into the lime light early this year for allegedly harassing a female student in his office.
He is currently in court battling charges of rape and sexual harassment.
On the other hand one of the panelists Professor Sylivia Tamale implored the public to borrow a leaf from Ubuntu-African philosophy if they are to overcome all patriarchal tendencies that are reminiscent of today’s society.
According to Tamale who is a law don and women rights activist, it is majorly through the Ubuntu principles of humaneness, dignity and respect that we can overcome all forms of gender based violence.
“As human beings we are dependent on each other. 16 days of activism against gender based violence is time for all of us to reflect on Ubuntu and its teachings”, She says.
Professor Tamale also used this occasion to urge the media to stop what she termed as “objectifying” women’s bodies something she says has encouraged perpetuation of sexually related crimes.
The dialogue that was organised by Makerere University Gender mainstreaming Directorate in partnership with United Nations Women and Swedish embassy among other entities was held under the theme “end gender based violence in learning institutions and places of work”.