Uganda’s media is awash with gruesome acts of violence against women. Government should involve all stakeholders in this patriarchal society and do everything in its power to fight the vice.
Violence is defined by the World Health Organisation as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm or deprivation.
Globally, violence killed 1.28 million people in 2013 up from 1.13 million in 1990. In many homes, domestic violence is on the rise.
The perpetrators of violence against women are mainly men but there is also violence against women by women.
There is a strong relationship between levels of violence and modifiable factors such as biting poverty, income and gender inequality, the harmful use of drugs and alcohol, negative cultural practices, and the absence of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and parents.
Strategies addressing the underlying causes of violence can be effective in preventing violence but in doing so, we need to adopt practical and realistic measures than simply adopt the copy and paste approaches from the international community whose value systems are incompatible with our own.
Samuel Mweru Byachi,