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Uganda

Launched in 2011

 

Objectives/aims:

1.- Improved legal and policy environment in relation to enacting laws and policy making on GBV.

2.- Improved performance of the different actors involved in combating GBV.

3.- Increased access to appropriate health services and psychosocial services to victims of GBV and increased collaboration, linkages and joint initiatives among the various actors responding to GBV health related issues.

4.- Increase women’s visibility, representation and participation in leadership and decision-making in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for prevention, management and resolution of conflict.

5.- Build community and institutional capacity to ensure the prevention of GBV in society.

 

Commentary:

Uganda has a long history of civil war and continues to face on going internal conflict, armed insurgency and elections related violence. Women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual violence, as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, in stil fear in them, disperse or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group. As armed conflict in Uganda continues to persist, the violation of women’s human rights prevails even after cessation of hostilities, in total disregard of international human rights standards,as well as International Humanitarian Law.

According to the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, PEAP,  2004, there are 1.5 million IDPs in Uganda, 80% of whom are women and children. It is important to note that rape in situations of armed conflict and in and around the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Northern Uganda has been very prevalent, yet generally under-reported since many survivors do not go to the police or seek medical care – due to the lack of access to police and medical services as well as the complicated legal procedures in place.

 

Civil Society:

Accoding to the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, civil society is vaguely mentioned in the NAP but their involvement  not clearly defined.

 

Women in Peacekeeping:

Currently women have continued to be excluded from peaceand security positions of decision-making, hence the need to ensure women’s full and equal participation and gender mainstreaming in all peace building and security initiatives.

  

UN Peacekeeping Statistics

Contingent:   86 out of 625

Experts: 3 out of 3

Police: 8 out of 22  

Staff Officers:  1 out of 3

Sources

1. Uganda NAP                   

2. UN-Peacekeeping Contributions 

3. LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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