Kasingye: Collective efforts needed to end HIV, GBV

Former Police boss, AIGP (Rtd) Asan Kasingye has called on Ugandans to desist from all forms of Gender Based Violence to curb the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Kasingye said Friday last week (2nd November 2022) at Kasenyi landing site in Katabi, Wakiso district during a continuous campaign of 16 Days of Activism that began on the international day for the elimination of violence against women (25th November) and runs up to the 10th of December, the international human rights day.

Kasingye said that Ugandans especially men have to take a lead in this campaign by fulfilling their responsibilities of looking after their wives and children.

The former police chief also chastised people that usually capture footage of violent actions that can even lead to the death of a person than assisting in the stopping of such acts on spot.

“We have seen women and girls dying because of gender-based violence, a lot of problems at homes, families breaking up, and also seeing HIV causing violence in families that is why we came out talking about it in a way of increasing advocacy, education sensitization and mobilization of people to fight against these two social issues,” Kasingye noted.

While at the same event, Kasingye also urged the OC Kasenyi police station to carry out community policing in away of improving on the community relations with police to limit on the society’s gender based violences.

Kalema Ronald the Katabi town council chairperson criticized men who inflict violence on women and children sexually and infect them with HIV.

He also urged Ugandans to not feel ashamed to seek help and that they can contact authorities to seek confidential assistance and protection any time they feel at risk of or experience any type of violence indoors or outdoors.

The Katabi town council boss concluded by appealing to the nation to have a love of the next generation by controlling gender based violence and continue taking note of HIV so that it’s kicked out of Uganda by 2030.

A study on the concurrence of HIV, gender-based violence, and substance use among youth in Kampala found the overall prevalence of sexual and gender violence (SGV) to be 31.7% and youth who practiced commercial sex work was 36%, while those who witnessed parental abuse were 61%.

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