Alarming Statistics: Acholi Sub-Region Grapples with High Gender-Based Violence

ACHOLI-Acholi sub-region has been ranked as having the highest percentage of gender-based and sexual violence according to a report by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Doreen Bakeiha, a Senior Gender Officer at the ministry who represented the Commissioner for Gender at the launch of 16 days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence at SOS Children’s Village in Entebbe this week, said the violence cases are as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.

The report indicates that gender-based violence in the sub-region is at 78% while sexual violence stands at 64% followed by Bukedea at 61%. In 2022, a similar survey also revealed that up to 16% of women aged between 15 and 29 years in the country had experienced some form of sexual violence.

Bakeiha called for action for increased long-term sustainable investment by all actors and donors to women’s rights organizations working to end violence against women and girls.Irene Nsangi, the Programs Manager at SOS Uganda, noted that they are determined to strengthen families, provide programmes to benefit the youth and be able to respond to emergencies.