Monday, 13 October 2014

Poverty is responsible for domestic violence - minister


Gender minister Mary Karoro Okurut has observed that poverty in Bushenyi is responsible for increased domestic violence and early marriages.
“There is need for combined efforts to fight poverty at family levels in order to reduce domestic violence. It has remained a challenge in a number of families and is eating up people’s lives,” Ms Karooro said.
The district Woman MP said this while distributing coffee seedlings in Ibaare Sub-county, Bushenyi District on Wednesday. She added that domestic violence in families has become rampant in the country and it can only reduce if household incomes are improved.
“Local leaders should monitor government programmes that are intended to reduce poverty among residents in the district for overall prosperity,” said Ms Karoro.
Ms Karooro said the gender ministry is in the final stages of enacting laws that will prosecute people who batter their spouses. She gave 40,000 coffee seedlings to families in the sub-counties of Kyabugimbi and Kyeizooba and distributed 10,000 others in Ibaare Sub-county.
Forms of violence identified
Ms Faith Betega, the district gender officer, said the common forms of domestic violence in the district include physical, economic, emotional and sexual abuse all characterised by harassment, coercion and threats.
The Ibaare Sub-county chairperson, Mr Emmanuel Mbangirwoha, thanked the minister for giving them seedlings as an effort to eradicate poverty.

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