Uganda to Host Regional Training Facility for Fighting Sexual and Gender Based Violence

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Diana Ofwono, the UN regional office representative notes that cases of sexual and gender based violence continue to rise in the Great Lakes regions.

Uganda is to host the new Great Lakes training center for prevention of sexual and gender based violence. The center, which is due to be launched on Tuesday targets groups such as judicial officers, police units, social workers, medical officers, attorneys, advocates and other persons that handle cases of sexual violence in the Great lakes region.  
 
According to Uganda Demographic and Health survey, about 40% of women aged 15-49, have experienced sexual violence. Diana Ofwono, the UN regional office representative notes that cases of sexual and gender based violence continue to rise in the Great Lakes regions.
 
This is the case for both countries in conflict and no conflict situations. She explains that it is for this reason that cases of sexual and gender based violence need special expertise.

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The training facility will contribute to the implementation of the 2011 Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender based violence including developing the capacity of special courts, special sessions and mobilize courts that will be handling the cases.
 
The training will include consulting services, crime scene DNA training for law enforcement personnel, DNA training for legal personnel, DNA out sourcing for 1000 sexual assault kits and DNA data base creation and management. 

Member states that will be trained under this facility include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and Democratic republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
 
Nathan Byamukama, the Program Officer Cross cutting issues in the ICGLR says there are normally delays and inadequacies in handling sexual and gender based violence cases which the facility will help reduce.

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Article 26 (4) of the ICGLR pact states that the operating budget of the regional body shall be funded by mandatory annual contributions of Member states and resources mobilized from cooperation and development partners of the Great lakes region and by any other resources identified. On the 11th May 2013 the ICGLR’s Special Fund for Reconstruction and Development Governing committee approved seed money to the tune of 100,000 US Dollars to support the staffing.

The offices will be based at the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development.