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Youth decry sexual harassment in schools, workplaces

Youth in Uganda have raised concern over the rampant cases of sexual harassment at workplaces and in schools.

The youth from civil society, local councils and educational institutions were on Friday engaged in a parliament youth advocacy day under the theme "Safe Spaces for Youth" ahead of the International Youth Day on Sunday. 

According to the youth, the levels of sexual harassment and unemployment in the country are worryingly high. They cited job seekers who are sexually harassed and students abused by those in authority.

Youth in parliament 

"Sexual harassment is not only perpetuated by men, we spoke to many girls who said their female bosses ask them to have sex with a client. So it is not only the men on the streets of Kampala who are harassing our girls." said Obed Kambasu, the programs manager of Restless Development. 

Irene Kagoya from Plan International said Uganda has ratified instruments that prohibit violence and provides for full dignity of women, but sexual violence continues to thrive in Uganda. She said that 22 per cent of women aged 15-49 years experience some form of sexual violence. 

Kagoya called for the expedition of the Sexual Offences Bill that will address the situation. The Sexual Offences Bill tabled in 2016 aims at consolidating all legislation related to sexual offences.

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+1 #1 nonpartisan 2018-08-11 11:33
A fish rots starting from the head to the bottom. The ones meant to protect us are the same individuals leading the vice.

Only a fundamental change will bring about change but in the meantime suffering is to continue unabated.
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+2 #2 Chief112 2018-08-12 08:49
Aha,....true that sexual harrassment exists but a closer zoning of the perpetrators is needed.

These youths are drunk on rights, protection and victim play, yet in all schools, the harrassment is by PEERS! They have no shame in pointing fingers away from themselves.

They are the ones that do dirty dancing, necking, and casual sex left, right and center at every chance they get to sneak away from authority! They must FIRST respect each other!
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+1 #3 Chief112 2018-08-12 08:58
Aha,...so they cry out....in crocodile tears! Drunk in airs of rights, protection and victim play, these youths gleefully ignore a glaring reality; peer sexual activity!

True, once in a while those in authority abuse their positions, but, in all schools teachers fight casual sex, bad touches and peer pregnancies!

Boys see girls as quick outlets of their pent up porn driven sexual desires! Girls see cool dudes as an opportunity to monetary or social bliss...!

Let youths begin to respect each other, adults play the self control - mentorship role as we all remember that the steongest wall is the discipline of the heart. Peace.
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0 #4 Akot 2018-08-12 18:17
Quoting nonpartisan:
A fish rots starting from the head to the bottom. The ones meant to protect us are the same individuals leading the vice.

Only a fundamental change will bring about change but in the meantime suffering is to continue unabated.


Thanks.

Is it not time Ugandans understand it's change of leadership & governance they need first & above all if they are to have a start for a better future they can manage, control...?

What will Ugandans do if, by God's mercy, Museveni drops dead?
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0 #5 Akot 2018-08-12 18:31
Quoting Chief112:
...so they cry out in crocodile tears! Drunk in airs of rights, protection and victim play, these youths gleefully ignore a glaring reality; peer sexual activity!

True, once in a while those in authority abuse their positions, but, in all schools teachers fight casual sex, bad touches and peer pregnancies!

Boys see girls as quick outlets of their pent up porn driven sexual desires! Girls see cool dudes as an opportunity to monetary or social bliss!

Let youths begin to respect each other, adults play the self control - mentorship role as we all remember that the steongest wall is the discipline of the heart. Peace.


Thanks!

It's a society that sets social manners-respect of one another just as the people concerned need/want!

What if Ugandan beautiful young women start right now by respecting the fragile nature of men & not set them on fire?...
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0 #6 Akot 2018-08-12 18:39
...Uganda used to be a country in which girls lead the game in relations to men, right from the time they feel the want to be real women!

What's happening is as in developed world, except Uganda is now a thired world country in which girls go for men, especially those with income for survival, unconcerned the men already have 1, 2...wives & children they can barely feed/clothe, leave alone educate!

Ugandans are heading to total destruction of themselves & country by waiting for Museveni to solve their problems: he did not come for Ugandans & will never give Ugandans what they need!

33 years still counting is not enough for Ugandans to see it's change of governance they need first & above all!!!
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0 #7 Akot 2018-08-12 18:52
Uganda that has no National system of education, no social services for the poor needy... does not have the moral right to make laws on sexual harassement!

Ugandans should know that the young in developed countries who have no capacity to go further with education have children so young because they want social services they cannot acces otherwise & they don't want dirty jobs!

We know Uganda women married to men with income are at pain, so unhappy trying to keep younger women off their men!

While Ugandan educated women with income have to live with husbands who are lured by younger women & have them as 2, 3, wives!

National Education for ALL children up to the age of 16 is overdue & it's the only means to control sexual harassement!

But of course, change of governance comes FIRST for Ugandans!
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0 #8 Fuller 2018-08-13 20:23
Quoting Akot:
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What will Ugandans do if, by God's mercy, Museveni drops dead?


Akot, that will be a bad day in Uganda!

Better he drops into leg chains and handcuffs and is hauled off to serve life without parole.

Now, that will be a good day in Uganda -- stern warning to anyone thinking of repeating dirty tricks.
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