Country Uganda
Year 2006
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

In order to scale up efforts to curb gender-based violence in the country, a Gender Based Violence Reference (GBV) group was established in 2006.  This is a technical advisory group that coordinates and provides oversight to implementation of GBV interventions.  The reference group consists of representation from Justice, Law and Order, Health and Social Development Sectors as well as Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners.  The Reference Group has had a number of achievements such as establishment of training standards, advocating and inclusion of domestic violence module in the UDHS (2005) and the National Household Surveys, coordinating legal, health and psychosocial support responses to gender-based violence.  Currently the Group is providing oversight to the national survey on GBV which will furnish the necessary information on the magnitude types and manifestations of GBV in the country.  The group has also played an important role in advocating for enactment of gender related bills such as the Marriage and Divorce Bill, Domestic Violence Bill, Trafficking in Persons Bill and the Bill on Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Uganda to the questionnaire on Beijing +15, 2009