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February 28, 2024 2:34 am

Gender Ministry Wants Anti-Sexual Violence Policies Strengthened at Media Houses

By URN

The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MoGLSD) wants each corporate organisation, particularly the media, to have inter-gender mainstreaming policies to deal with sexual and gender-based violations.

This follows a study done in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania in the period 2016 to 2021, that showed that while most violations of freedom rights (88 percent) were against male journalists, most of the sexual and gender-based ones were against females.

There was consensus, however, that the cases of sexual harassment and gender-based violations are much higher than stated because both male and female journalists many times choose not to report when offended for various reasons.

They include suggestive sexual language to the opposite gender, “bad touches”, sexual demands with promises of favors at the job, and discriminatory employment terms among others.

Anett Kabarungi, Principal Women in Development Officer at MoGLSD says the policies should include sensitisation and mechanisms for redress, adding that there is a higher chance that men will not report being sexually harassed because of societal reasons.

Kabarungi says that from discussions and the report itself, many people do not actually understand what amounts to gender-based and sexual harassment.

Kabarungi suggests that media managers should be allowed to take up the positions after signing a contract that provides for adherence to laws against GBV at work.

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