Perceptions on Violence Against Women in Uganda:Implications for Policy
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Despite the existence of supportive laws, policies and programs, women and girls continue to face various forms of violence including sexual, physical, psychological, and economic, among others. Evidence from the 2017 National Governance, Peace and Security Survey reveals a high tolerance to violence against women. This is in part attributable to social attitudes and norms that condone and perpetuate the prevalence of violence against women in Uganda; women’s high financial dependence on men; shame and low self-esteem and concern for children. In addition, there is limited reporting of violence related cases by victims and limited knowledge of laws and policies that criminalize various forms of violence such as human trafficking and female genital mutilation. This brief1 recommends zero tolerance to violence against women through positive change in perceptions, beliefs, behaviors and practices; popularizing relevant policies through mass sensitization campaigns and providing timely, equitable access to justice and effective enforcement of laws.
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