Poverty has escalated family breakages -E.D Wipe Uganda said.
The founder of Women Initiative in Poverty Eradition- Uganda (WIPE-Ug) a non Government Organisation on Women’s Rights Owek. Mutesi Deborah Christine Magezi has enlighted poverty as a key factor to High Family breakdown in Busoga Sub region Region.
The Executive Director made remarks while addressing spectators and married couples during a friendly football match organised by Wipe-Ug at Polota field pitch in Kakira town council Jinja district. Mrs Chritine Magezi was concerned about the huge number of orghaned children in the region.
“we have discovered that poverty in most households and the lack of family planning, has greatly contributed to domestic violence and eventually causes marital discord” -Said Owek Mutesi.
She later implored married men to upbring children according to their economic status. “you should produce children whom you can manage”, Mrs Magezi tells men.
Meanwhile, the local leaders in Kakira applouded the initiators of WIPE -Ug for such a fruitiful activities like the football match in their area and calls for another rap. Wipe Uganda was also thanked for supporting young talents.
The football tournament was played between Kakira FC and Wairaka FC with a campaign to stop Gender Based violence in homes.
Among other activities of the day was;
-Sack Racing, and etc.
Different items were being included purposely to bring together the both sexes, in which we termed as “MEN ENGAGED”
Before this event, Wipe Uganda had had a session in Budondo Sub County, Jinja Northern Division where we engaed the youths, local leaders and the married people.
According to the Police Annual Crime Report 2020, a total of 17,664 cases of domestic violence were registered compared to 12,541 cases reported in 2019. Of the 17,664 cases reported in 2020,3408 victims were male adults, while 13,145 were female adults and 2319 (1186 girls) children.
6 Evidence shows that the leading causes of GBV are poverty, alcoholism for both women and men, cultural practices like early marriages, bride price, limited counseling, peer pressure, drug abuse, among others (UNDP, 2015; OXFAM, 2018).
In Uganda, 41% of people live in poverty, and almost half of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15, representing one of the youngest populations in the world.