Kampala, 11 June, 2020 / 10:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Representatives of Uganda’s Faith Women Leaders have expressed their concerns about “rising cases of domestic violence” targeting women in the East African nation, apportioning blame to men for being unreasonably “demanding” amid COVID-19 restrictions.
"Men are demanding especially for the good food they didn't buy and women end up shouldering the responsibility of being home providers using their small savings," the women leaders said Wednesday, June 10.
Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in the country’s capital, Kampala, the women leaders comprising representatives from the Catholic Church, National Women Council, Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Church attributed the rise in the violence to “unresolved differences” among couples that are amplified by “disruptions in income, food and movement.”
They were flanked by the Information Communication Technology and National Guidance Minister in Uganda, Judith Nabakooba who disclosed, during the June 10 press conference, that 3,500 cases of domestic violence have been reported in the country in the last one month.
“Cases of gender-based violence in Kampala alone doubled in the first month between March 20 and April 30 compared to January and February before the lockdown,” Uganda’s New Vision has quoted Minister Nabakooba as saying.