Covid-19 in the eyes of women human rights defenders

Womecxcn leaders frotary Association at Parliaxcxcxccment on July 6, 2015 PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Human rights defenders were not listed among essential workers when the lockdown was announced on March 18.
  • Women human rights defenders share experiences of defending the rights of people during the lockdown.

Ritah Aciro Lacor, Executive Director Uganda Women’s Network
Covid-19 caught everybody unaware. It also exposed the country in terms of preparedness for disasters and pandemics. Covid-19 saw families and communities locked up, which became more challenging because majority of people live from hand to mouth.
Although our response efforts were curtailed by lockdown, specifically lack of transport and emergency rapid response, we managed to save women and girls who were confined with perpetrators of abuse.
As a result, many human rights violation cases such as gender based violence, food insecurity, lack of access to family planning services have been reported by the communities and human rights defenders.
In response to community needs, organisations started using online means to provide services such as counselling, shelter, mobilising resources and engaged government institutions to support families.

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