Isingiro girls being married off in exchange of goods including beans, posho and soda
Stakeholders around western Uganda are concerned over the increasing cases of Gender-gender based violence (GBV) like early marriages amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
This follows cases where some parents and guardians have resorted to using cow ghee by feeding it to their daughters and smearing it around their body parts like arms and bums so that they can look mature and they are married off and some giving out their children in exchange of goods like sacks of maize flour (posho), sodas and others especially in parts of Kiruhura and Isingiro districts respectively.
During investigations conducted by Crooze fm’s Aaron Ainomugisha, Carol Owashaba, the Action for Youth Development Uganda (ACOYDE) team leader and coordinator for Girls not Brides western Uganda revealed that they rescued at least 5 girls in November and follow-ups are underway around Isingiro, Kiruhura, Kyegegwa, Rubirizi,among other districts.
The Isingiro district L CV chairman Jeremiah Kamurari, says escalation of such cases is due to poverty, lack of sensitization, and other community challenges though government and other partners are working jointly to fight the cases.
In Isingiro, the public has been warned and a circular issued to all sub county and parish chiefs to help in apprehending and prosecuting all perpetrators.