Ending Gender-Based Violence: Stakeholders Push for Equal Attention to Men’s Issues

KAMPALA (UG)-Stakeholders have asked the Government to come up with affirmative action programmes to Favor males living violence-free lives, so as to end gender-based violence and equal rights for all.

Speaking during the event to commemorate the International Men’s Day at Kololo Ceremonial grounds in Kampala yesterday, Prof. Maggie Kigozi, the coordinator for men’s rights, appealed to the Government to strike a balance in service delivery to bring more men on board.

Kigozi, who is also a parent, noted that much attention has been shifted to girl children at the expense of boy children who she said are at a crossroads of morals.

According to Joanitah Kawalya, Afrigo Band singer and men’s advocate, several men have been beaten up by their wives, but fear to report because of the embarrassment factor. She demanded that strong voices be raised to rescue men from such acts of violence.

In November 2014, the Ministry of Health brought together partners to develop the National Male involvement strategy, which highlighted men’s shared responsibility in promoting healthy families and men’s active involvement in parenthood.

According to stakeholders, so much has been done to women and men have been left behind on several programmes, something that leaves a huge gender gap.