By Alice Lubwama
Women activists under the domestic act coalition in partnership with Uganda women parliamentary association have joined the international campaign to end violence against women and girls, by calling government to expedite the amendment of the employment act 2006 which will require all employers to have a policy on sexual violence.
The call has been made amidst celebrations for the 16 days of activism to end gender based violence in country. This year’s theme is , “end gender based violence in the world of work”.
Kamwenge woman member of parliament Dorothy Nshaija who is also the treasurer of the association says that among every five women at least one had experienced sexual violence compared to eight percent in men and they would like employers to put in place measures to curb sexual violence and exploitation at the work place.
Nshaija also wants government to regulate alcohol consumption as this is one of the reasons why cases of domestic violence are still many.
Mitooma woman MP Jovah Kamateeka called Government to re-introduce the marriage and divorce bill saying that the continuous clauses on the title and recognizing cohabitation as a form of marriage have been dealt with.
The legislator says that this law is very critical because it will address the conflicts in homes.
People think that this law is for elites yet it’s not the case, this bill proposes that what the man acquired when he was alone will be his but what they have acquired together, they share at the time of separation.
Hon Nshaija has asked all Ugandans to support the law because its intention is not for women to grab men’s property because women also own property.
The Uganda Joint Christian Council warned parliament against passing the Bill arguing that its provisions are like inducements for divorce, turning cohabitation into marriage, and making a woman and a man equal in the marriage setting, are contrary to the Christian teaching.
But the women MPs including the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga have been pushing for the bill saying it’s good for the whole family not only for women.
The 16 days of activism starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December on the Human Rights Day.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to stimulate action to end violence against women and girls around the world.