Committing to Zero tolerance to violence against women

Esther Nasikye
Posted March 17, 2009 from Uganda

When you talk about violence in society, you get a stare that could be interpreted as what-you-are-saying-is-from-mars. Such silence is what has perpetuated violence in societies world over, Uganda inclusive. "Look at the face of the person seated next to you. They all look innocent. But one in every three women in Uganda experience violence on a daily basis?" explained Hon. Nabilah Sempala. She was the chief walker at a march organized by Oxfam GB Uganda to demonstrate against domestic violence.

I joined 100 demonstrators from other organizations that were marching against domestic violence on 6th March 2009. The event brought together staff from NGOs and local communities to a common voice, reflect on achievements, challenges, honour women and their actions, commit to Zero tolerance to violence against women in their families, places of work and communities they serve.

"It starts with you. There is no legislator who will enter your home to stop you from beating your spouse. You have to commit not to beat your spouse. If people realize that, then violence will be history,? Nabilah explained.

After the march, there was a lively discussion in regard to this years international women?s day theme, Men and Women United to Prevent violence against women.

Participants noted that culture and to some extent religion plays a role in perpetuating violence against women.

Some cultures still practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) while in others rape is acceptable.

The Uganda Parliament has agreed to table the Domestic relations Bill and Domestic Violence bill this month.

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Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009

Esther Dear,

Thanks for this piece, may all efforts of women activists never become vain, our fights today is not for us but for the future of these children we are afraid to part with now, these daughters.

I still continue to to wonder why men are afraid to stop violence against women, In Nigeria, it is still a bill after 24 years!. A woman was beating to death by husband again on Saturday because of suspicion, this is the second during this last week.

If we can pass through this everlasting bill it will save the men the bill being paid for hospitals after beating us, it has come to a stage whereby women find it normal to be bused by their husbands in my country even the so called artist and role models for others.

We can all come together , my prayers is that God will enlarge the coast of pulsewire and some other organisation who have the genuine love for this endangered species (called women) at heart. W e shal get there we are unrelent and can not be bent, the moe they fight the more we unite, and in unity we shall achieve an everlasting peace for women on earth.

Women are mostly abused by loved ones, the list in psychiatric home because of men is unending but through education we will be informed that we are in a woman's world who was void before the creation of Eve God could not move on when He remebered that the women can not be ignored but must complement the man, He created the man from the dust but the woman from the ribs, not ordianry dust, May be we should just try to disconnect the ribs from the body of a man, what do you have? A sagged man indeed!!!!! W e are not angry but we want them to accept some facts, they can as well move into the streets and face their fellows made from dust. This is from the angle of a woman Olutosin who has been beating by a husband because of "Darling, Please hold our baby for some time so I can rest too".

May God Bless Everywoman especially pulse wire members who can not afford to continually comment or post to their journal due to lack of finance.

I love your piece, Esther