Women and violence during COVID 19

Christine Achieno
Posted February 9, 2021 from Uganda

As many countries went into lockdown, violence against women and children became rampant because most people lost their livelihoods and stayed home with their families. Women were left with a heavy burden of looking after children and the elderly. In most communities in Uganda there was increased violence because of poverty levels that increased, as people were not able to fend for their families their anger increased towards their spouses. This was catalysed by selling off family property such as land and household items in order to meet up the daily family demands. Most of our culture's are so rigid to the extent that it condones violence against women, some societies in Uganda still believe that beating up a woman is a way of showing love to her.

We therefore need to come out and encourage men and girls to champion the fight against Gender based violence.

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Hello, Christine,

Welcome to World Pulse! We are happy that a new voice from Uganda is rising up!

It is truly a disheartening fact that violence against women and children is increasing. I know I've read it here before that "beating up a woman is a way of showing love to her", but to read it once again is truly appalling! That's a lie.

We stand with you again gender-based violence. Please continue to write your stories here. We hope you get connected to our awesome sisters.

Welcome again to your new family!

Christine Achieno
Feb 09
Feb 09

Thank you very much Karen. Am glad that there are people willing to listen to women

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 10
Feb 10

Christine,
Such sick mentality can only change through us. What we teach our children, how we treat them, what kind of values we teach them....unless we take a stand an change this, there will b lot of such stories unraveling in the near future.

Nini Mappo
Feb 10
Feb 10

Bhaveet, you just got here and are already busy encouraging. So good to see! Thank you for being a man who spreads healing to women, and their communities.

bhavsinghrandev
Feb 10
Feb 10

Thank u so much Nini...the cause of women empowerment is very close to my heart...so trying to interact with u guyz as much as possible...

Susu Mohamed
Feb 10
Feb 10

Dear chiristine,
You are right we are fighting to end Child marriage.
Female genital mutilation.
Honour killings. Our voices is up.
Thank you sis its very importanat to protect our communities.

maeann
Feb 10
Feb 10

Welcome to World Pulse Christine :) Your story is your power.

As Karen said, we stand with you on gender-based violence.

We should bring awareness and change social norms on our society, that perhaps helps. Tell us more your experience and what you think changes should we do in our community.

Have a great day.

jomarieb.earth
Feb 10
Feb 10

Dear Christine,
Violence against women during Covid 19 lockdown or not, permeates throughout the world. The assaults have increased for all the reasons you mentioned. Women need allies. We need men and women to stand up with us. The ways of Uganda are ways of the world. It is the rule more than the exception. Even though we have government laws written, traditions have their own unwritten laws. Thanks for shining a light on this. And welcome to World Pulse. Please keep writing your stories.
Hugs...JoMarie

Andrace
Feb 19
Feb 19

Hi Christine,
Very true. "...We therefore need to come out and encourage men and girls to champion the fight against Gender based violence." Yeeaaaaahhhhhh! So good to have you join us on World Pulse, welcome! Keep the flame burning as we'd love to read more from you.

I heartily join my sisters Karen, Nini, Susu, Jomarieb, Maeann and brother Bhaveet to congratulate you on your first post too. 'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining. This is certainly the place to be...the sisterhood of World Pulse.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Laetitia Shindano
Feb 20
Feb 20

Bonjour Christine,

Bienvenue dans la famille mondiale.
La violence sexuelle est un crime tout comme battre une femme.
C'est pure tromperie de dire que c'est une manifestation de l'amour quand une femme est battue par son mari.
Je me réjouis de voir qu'il des hommes qui nous accompagnent dans la lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes.

Merci et à bientôt