Currently Eastern Uganda does not have a safe place where women can run to when they need to get away from their abusers. Therefore WORI is building a shelter for victims which will provide temporary refuge and basic necessities for women victims, psychological counseling, emergency medical care, and legal aid. This will help victims regain self-esteem, dignity, and above all justice.
Women Rights Initiative has extensive experience working with women who have been abused. We are currently conducting community sensitizations and holding action groups where victims share experiences on how they can overcome violence, heal, and grow. Recently, there has been increased awareness of domestic violence, increasing the number of victims that report cases and seek counseling, health care, legal aid, shelter. We have faith that with our experience we will be able to not only administer but also provide lasting solutions survivors of violence. We believe that a violence free society is a prerequisite to development.
Police say that drug abuse, excessive poverty that leads to failure by house heads to provide domestic necessities, communication breakdown, and infidelity are the leading causes of domestic violence in homes. As women’s rights advocates, we know that these reasons for domestic violence stem from an underlying perception by men that they must be in control, and a cultural value that says it’s still alright to hurt those perceived to be less powerful than you. Therefore, this safe house is the starting place for telling the truth about gender and domestic violence in Uganda, and the safe house we will are building will save the lives of women and children here.
WORI’s shelter campaign has successfully fundraised for the first stage of the shelter development, the external construction. Now, focus is on the construction of a secure perimeter wall and the provision of all the services to enable women regain self esteem, safety, dignity and above have access to justice.
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