By Nabusayi L. Wamboka
Police at Kiira Road station last week received a rare care
of domestic violence. A husband forced his wife to deny their
child breast milk and was suckling the breasts himself.
After pleading with the man in vain, the child's mother decided
to report the case to police, saying her child was becoming
malnourished because it was not getting enough milk.
Although a source at the station says they are still investigating,
they are treating the case as child abuse and neglect.
Domestic violence is a crosscutting shame that needs organisations
like the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP)
to shelter spouses who become victims.
Although police say there was no physical abuse in this particular
case, the child was denied its means of survival and the mother
suffered psychological torture.
CEDOVIP is an NGO working with communities in Kawempe division
to change attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate domestic
The biggest issue of concern, however, is the link between
domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. "We work with a whole
range of community members to address these issues. Currently,
there is a growing body of research calling attention to the
connection between violence against women and HIV/AIDS,"
says Betty Akullo, the NGO's coordinator.
According to Akullo, violence and fear of violence hinders
women's ability to prevent transmission of the virus that
causes AIDS and compromises their access to a range of services
including testing and treatment.
CEDOVIP will today launch the "16 Days of Activism against
Gender-based Violence". The campaign is a global initiative
that highlights connections between women, violence and human
The significant dates within this period are November 25,
which is the International Day of Elimination of Violence
Against Women; December 1, the World Aids Day and December
10, the International Human Rights Day.