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Gender Based Violence (GBV) in all its forms, remains a critical human rights, public health and economic concern with severe, long term negative impacts on the social, physical, reproductive and mental well-being of victims and survivors, families and communities. In Uganda, GBV occurs to both women and men though it excessively affects women and girls. According to UDHS 2016, 56% of Ugandan women have experienced physical violence and more than 1 in 5 women aged 15-49 years (22%) report that they have experienced sexual violence at some point committed by an intimate partner compared to the 8% men. Incidences of GBV like domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation, child marriage and sexual violence are primarily based on cultural norms that assign different roles, social norms and values to men and women in ways that perpetuate male dominance and female subordination leading to unequal power relations in families and communities.
World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) by United Nations show that 48.47% of Uganda’s population is between the age of 0 – 14 years, 28.34% between 25 – 64 years, 21.16% between 15 – 24 years and just 2.04% is 65 years and above. This unveils the fact that Uganda is highly comprised of young people. To broaden their skills for personal and career development, young people need mentors because mentoring can bring a long term impact that offer life-career-changing benefits to mentees and mentors.
Debating is fun, it is a great learning tool and way of airing different points of view! Debating also helps participants to develop public speaking skills, get a deeper understanding of global contemporary issues and improve their research skills.
Consquently, in February, 2019, over 56 (25 female and 31 male) students from seven (7) Universities in the central region including; Uganda Christian University, Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Makerere University Business School, Islamic University in Uganda, Nkumba University and Kampala International University participated in regional and national debate competitions
“My name is Sophia Otobi. I am 63 years old and I am a widow with 8 children. I am a resident of Baraboce Cell Atopi parish Apac sub-county in Apac District where I am secretary of Adyeri village savings and loan association (VSLA) group. Adyeri VSLA group is among the eight (8) women’s groups in Apac that was mentored and supported in modern VSLA methodology by ACFODE. Our group was formed in 2014 with 25 women as a farming group, however, the method of savings was very rudimentary as there was no record keeping, no minimum and maximum savings, plus, the group did not have the constitution to guide us in the operation of our business.