Women’s rights groups in Uganda are establishing a control centre to monitor violence against women in the East African nation’s elections this month, and to act quickly on any reports.
The establishment of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room comes after the United States voiced concern that the electoral environment in Uganda was deteriorating in the run-up to the February 18th elections.
Jessica Nkuuhe is the National Coordinator of the control centre. So far, there have been no reports of electoral violence targeting women. But Ms. Nkuuhe says women are also faced with psychological violence, whether they are voters or candidates, and efforts to prevent them from voting.
The control centre was launched on February 15th and will run until February 20th.
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Photo: In this 2011 file photo, Ugandan poll workers count ballot papers at Nakasero Market polling station in Kampala. Credit: REUTERS/Benedicte Desus