Civil Society Actors and the Media Fraternity met to flag-off the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children [25th November – 10th December 2020]
By Musana Daniel, Editor at KRC FM
24th November 2020 | New Fort View Resort | Fort Portal
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre, the Rwenzori Women’s Forum and Tooro Media Practitioners Association converged today November 24, 2020 at New Fort View Resort in Fort Portal to usher in the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children.
The event is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.
As the world commemorates this day, Journalists have been encouraged to be at the forefront in the fight against the gender based violence and violence against children.
Speaking during a meeting, Deborah Baguma, a gender activist from KRC said that many young girls and women have faced a lot of violence and of which they have feared to come out and report to the authorities. She called upon journalists to come out and be the voice for those young girls and women whose rights have been violated.
Deborah encouraged journalists to follow up the violence cases and also partner up with the organizations such as Rwenzori Women’s Forum, RAC, MTN, Save the Children and many others which will help in the investigations into the filed cases and help the victims get justice.
Patra Kebisembo, the Editorial Manager at KRC FM Radio and head of Journalists with Tooro Media Practitioners Association in Kabarole District encouraged journalists to actively participate in the 16 days of activism and speak for women and children facing violence in homes, work places and in the communities. She encouraged them to drive the gender agenda as a united front if the fight is to be effective. She called upon the journalists to use their different platforms of media such as radio, television, print and social media to spread the message against gender based violence and violence against children.