Key players in the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) have called upon Government and other stakeholders to “look beyond extending immediate support to victims” and devise lasting solutions to the vice.
These voiced their concerns during a four-day stakeholders training meeting on laying strategies for ending SGBV where 161 participants highlighted numerous existing gaps which need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Hon. Dorah Byamukama, the lead researcher at International Conference on the Great Lakes region – Regional Training Facility (ICGLR-RTF) revealed that in their recent study, they established that most of the SGBV victims only get legal support yet they need physco-social, medical and economic support too.
“During this covid-19 period, most people have experienced a lot of distress and trauma, they need extra support. Culprits, upon completing their sentences, also need resettlement packages in form of financial support,” Byamukama said.
She expressed the need for Government to put up a Victim Compensation Fund to help in facilitating victims especially catering for their medical treatment.
Victor Mugaruka, the Acting Regional Director IGCLR, noted that it’s through sensitization that various stakeholders can find lasting solutions to end SGBV.
“We thank the Government of Uganda for having allowed this activity to take place, the regional facility is not in Uganda out of a mistake but it’s because of the conducive working environment in this country,” Mugaruka said.
ASP Ogweng Francis from Uganda Police and National Trainer at IGCLR training, expressed the need to have fair treatment extended to all victims.
“We need to have a witness protection law because many cases happen and people don’t report them to concerned authorities due to fear of being attacked by community members,” Ogweng said.
The workshop which kicked off on Monday was organized by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.