Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare presenting the new GBV Plan of action to Members of Parliament belonging to the Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Family Affairs and Social Development today (26/11/18)
|Story by George Sanzila
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare presented the newly revised Gender Based Violence Plan of action to Members of Parliament belonging to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Family Affairs and Social Development today (26/11/18).
The plan is preceded by a similar plan that ran for a five-year period from 2012 to 2016. The soon to be launched plan of action for the period 2019 to 2023 covers five priority areas including training first contact personnel such as the police, health care workers and social workers, strengthening procedures and infrastructure for better services, improved legislation and creating awareness on availability of assistance to GBV victims.
According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Martha Mbombo who presented the plan, unlike its predecessor, the new action plan is backed by research data that would help in measuring its progress. She noted that even though the gravity of GBV cases has worsened, there has been improvement regarding some of the deeply entrenched cultural beliefs that seem to perpetuate issues of GBV. According to the results of the recent Afro barometer survey, 86% of men now believe it is not justifiable to beat up their wives.
A number of campaigns aimed at fighting GBV have also been launched including the Zero Tolerance and National GBV conference of 2014. Lesgilation has also been either enacted or amended to respond to this national scourge. Mbombo further urged lawmakers to advocate for gender responsive budgeting in Parliament.