Apac, a district in Lango Sub-Region in Northern Uganda was directly and indirectly affected by the twenty years (1986-2006) of war. During the war, family survival came to depend heavily on women, as large numbers of men were caught up in conflict. Also as an effect of the conflict, the traditional masculine identity in Lango culture, that was depending on men’s ability to protect, provide for and rule, was severely destabilized. Violence became a means for men to assert themselves and violence against women became the second significant challenge for women (after poverty) faced in a home.
Snap shot of the Community Agents of Change and LC1 Chairpersons whose capacity was built to monitor effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2010
It is from the above background that ACFODE has sought to address the high prevalence of domestic violence and sexual gender based violence, by increasing knowledge and awareness of 60 Community Agents of Change and 150 Local Council 1 Chairpersons, on the Domestic Violence Act (DVA), and has strengthened the capacity of the community facilitators to establish a culture of non-violent relationships between women, men, boys and girls (project phase 1).
ACFODE Executive Director, Ms. Regina Bafaki together with the project partners and stakeholders during the project launch
To complement efforts ACFODE has made in creating awareness on the Domestic Violence Act, a project extension was launched (project phase 2). The newly launched project seeks to address gaps in implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (2010) and hold all leaders in Apac district that handle GBV cases, especially at household level, accountable. The project launch brought together Apac local government officials, religious and cultural leaders, community social actors, civil society organizations and the local media, with the aim of strengthening relationships with the local leaders and securing their support for project.
Alongside the project launch, ACFODE conducted a workshop with the trained Community Agents of Change and Local Council 1 Chairpersons to refresh their knowledge on the Domestic Violence Act, discuss issues of its implementation, and build their capacity in the use of data collection tools to monitor and collect data on the effectiveness in implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2010.
ACFODE Programme Officer, Ms. Susan Asio orients the team of social actors on use of tool to collect data on effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2010
Gender & Economic Policy Department