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Friday, December 11, 2015

U-REPORTERS MARK THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM



ANASI farmers association a community based organization operating in Kisinga sub-county together with some U-reporters in Kisinga marked the end of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence for 2015 in the world with  neighborhood assembly meeting.  With  the theme “From peace in a home to peace in the world: make education safe for all”. 
The local theme was a discussion onHow marriages is a leading cause to gender based violence”
particpants who attended the assembly
This assembly was attended by about 70 people and was chaired by the sub-county woman councilor Mrs. Topista kisuki who gave the subject matter of the theme of the day to prepare the rest of the participants to think on how marriage has caused gender based violence. Of the people who attended the assembly were religious leaders, local government officials, media personnels, CSOs, Baita Benjamin (ex-politician) and the minister of gender in the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Mr. Mbayahi Gad.


Different speakers gave different causes of gender based violence in relation to marriage and how marriage has led to gender based violence.
During the assembly
In his presentation, Mr. Mbayahi Gad said gender based violence is as old as creation. He went ahead to explain that the whole root cause of violence is poor communication between two parties that leads to pulling of ropes thus violence. Other causes of gender based violence as raised by the people were; too much bride price that has made women be taken for property not human beings, cultural decadence, producing single sex children in a home breeds gender based violence, extreme jealousy in a marriage,
Child early marriages. Child brides often suffer emotional pressure from their families, husbands and in-laws limiting their ability to make decisions about their own lives and bodies among others.
To end all this violence among the people, Rwenzori Information Centres Network, called upon the people to uphold the U-report platform of making their voices heard for free by just texting JOIN and send to 8500.