The Country Director for United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women for Uganda Maxime Houinato has urged the government to come up with measures that will mitigate domestic violence against women in the country if their economic potential is to be unlocked.
He observed that Uganda has the potential to economically develop but the country is being compromised because many people with the capacity to fully participate in economic are being left behind.
“As a country Uganda is losing about USD 77 million due to violence against Women. Once women are brutalized, they spend a lot of time nursing wounds, paying medical bills and other social and psychological torture yet they contribute a great percentage in the country’s work force,” Houinato said.
Houinato also noted that government should ensure that all rights are protected to enable people effectively participate in the social and economic transformation of the country.
“Uganda needs to ensure that all girls go to school and boys are not engaged in child labor. The government should ensure that all the laws intended to protect such groups are enforced to mitigate the burdens associated with child labor and early marriages,” he advised.
Although Uganda introduced free Universal Education both at Primary and Secondary level, many Uganda youths have not yet embraced it and some have left schooling to venture into supplying cheap labor especially in the agricultural related industries.
UN Women is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women and Uganda is member of the agency.