gender based violence

Gender based violence

Women play a critical role in sustainable development. When they are educated and healthy, their families, communities and countries benefit. Yet, gender based violence undermines opportunities for women and denies them the ability to fully utilize their basic human rights

The main thrust Byidi’s programme is to increase awareness of gender responsive laws and services , the provision of health care, psychosocial support and legal aid to survivors of GBV’ mobilizing men and young people to support gender equality; GBV prevention through community mobilization; and supporting GBV referral and coordination mechanisms at district and community level.

Gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls (VAWG) not only hampers the development of half of the world’s population, but also prevents them from achieving their potential.

Different forms of GBV include rape, domestic violence and partner violence.

Harmful traditional practices often lead to honor crimes and daughter neglect.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

  1. The lack of access to SRHR remains a problem worldwide and is often perceived as contentious, hampering open and practical dialogue and action.
  2. Harmful traditional practices include female genital mutilation (FGM), and early and forced marriage.
  3. Women who wish to use contraception to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections are often confronted with messages of shame and guilt, generated by conservative cultural, social and/or religious perspectives.

What are we doing?

  1. We are urging governments to eliminate discriminative social norms and religious beliefs, customary law and institutional state laws that impede young women’s and girls’ access to their rights and control over their own lives.
  2. Progress is strengthening women’s rights networks in Uganda to advocate for ending violence against women.
  3. Advocacy through news writing and creating awareness about adolescent reproductive health that correlates to GBV on media platforms like Urban TV.

Statistics

  1. An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have suffered from the partial or total removal of their external female genitalia for non-medical reasons (FGM).
  2. And even today, 225 million women of the reproductive age have an unmet need of family planning.