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Tackling Domestic Violence

Saturday, June 16, 2007

On a recent visit to Kampala, Uganda, Meg visited a project that works to prevent domestic violence. The project does this by educating local communities about the problems of domestic violence and the importance of discussion in family relationships. It works to mobilise communities to change the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence against women.

 

Meg said:

 

“I was impressed with the range of work that the centre undertakes. Changing attitudes is not easy, but their approach tackles the issue through educating all those who come into contact with families.”

 

It attaches importance to training community leaders and professionals (Local Council members, police, teachers, religious leaders, health care providers, etc.) to understand the impact of violence against women. It helps to motivate them to initiate changes within their own environments to uphold women’s rights and priorities.

 

The project paints brightly coloured murals in neighbourhoods to get the message across. Meg is pictured with project workers in front of one of these murals. One message reads “We talk with our children instead of beating them.”

 

During the visit Meg also watched a short film on the links between domestic violence and HIV / Aids. Part of the project’s funding comes from the UK Government through the Department for International Development.

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Meg Munn with project workers on a recent visit to Kampala, Uganda.

Meg Munn with project workers on a recent visit to Kampala, Uganda.


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