———Milenge District Administrative Officer, Elias Siame, has called for
concerted efforts in the fight against GBV cases.
Mr Siame expressed sadness that GBV in the district and the nation at large has continued to rise despite government’s efforts in trying to curb the vice.
Speaking during a sensitisation meeting on GBV which was held at Mumbotuta Primary School in Milenge district yesterday, Mr Siame, who is also District Forestry Officer, said there is need for the community and other stakeholders to work together to reduce GBV cases.
He added that GBV cases could only be reduced if everyone was involved.
Mr Siame also said government was concerned with the escalating cases of child abuse in form of early marriages and defilement.
He advised parents to do away with traditional practices that undermine children’s rights but instead encourage children to go to school.
The DAO observed that parents, especially in rural areas, have a tendency of not reporting child abuse cases to relevant authorities, adding that the abusers are left unpunished.
This year’s commemoration campaign of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, which runs from 25th November to 10th December, 2014 is being commemorated under the theme, "from peace in the home to peace in the nation: Stop GBV, empower women and men".