Sunday May 25 2014

Media, civil society in campaign to end domestic violence

By Mercy Nalugo

Media professionals and civil society have joined efforts in pushing for the implementation of existing laws designed to protect women from violent abuse which media practitioners say is on the rise.

The campaign seeks to attract stakeholders to enforce gender-related legislation in a move to fight unequal power relations between women and men in the country.

The initiative dubbed; “Turning the Page on Hate Media in Africa” seeks to drum up support for joint partnerships to end violence.
In an ultimatum endorsed over the weekend at the end of a two-day conference on reporting the scourge of violence and discrimination against women, media professionals together with civil society activists called on government to, among other things, avail funds for the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act.

The conference held last week brought together media editors, journalists and civil society activists.
It was organised by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Uganda Journalists Union and Ethical Journalism Network and was aimed at scaling up the coverage of violence and discrimination against women.