Today marks the International Women’s day. The theme for this year’s international women’s day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The struggle for women’s emancipation and economic social political achievements has grown in leaps and bounds in the past years but the statistics regarding violence against women are still worrying.
• Up to 50% of sexual assault are committed against girls under the age of 16
• 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime
• Over 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and sexual violence at some point in their life time.
• Over 60 million girls world wide are child brides
But not only heterosexual women exist and face abuse. Queer women, Bisexual women, Lesbian and Trans Women exist too. Many transwomen have been beaten up in bars. Many have been paraded on national television and charged with impersonation and being idle and disorderly.
The struggle for the equality for women, all women… will only be achieved with a collective effort of all men and women and with no discrimination of whose rights to protect or not to protect.
At Freedom and Roam Uganda, as we celebrate acts of courage and determination of all women around the world we:
Urge women’s organizations, the government and the justice system to ensure that survivors of Violence Against Women based on sexual orientation get medical help and that the perpetrators are punished accordingly.
We urge the civil society to engage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons in Strategic planning for interventions streamlined for intimate partner violence in same sex relation, couple counseling, and health care post exposure prophylaxis upon rape among other.
We call upon government to craft domestic violence legislations that take into account sexual minorities.
Uganda is party to and ratified the Universal Declaration human Rights it is her obligation to protect orientation or gender identity. It is her obligation