Warm greetings from FIDA Uganda.

We hope you are staying safe during this time.

We are writing to request for your support in petitioning our government to prioritise violence against women and children in our COVID-19 Response through the various guidelines being given.

Here at FIDA, we have noted an increase in cases of domestic violence and child abuse. Similarly, the various media sources have been filled with reports of a surge in cases of violence against women and children being reported to the police, violence against women by security forces especially the Local Defence Units as well as sexual abuse of children. However, the government approach has unfortunately been to trivialise this issue.

It is in line with this that we launched an online petition on the Avaaz Community Petitions platform and have since shared the link on our social media and website. We urge you to join us in signing this petition at the link below and sharing with your teams, members and contacts to do the same.

(https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/uganda_government__prioritise_domestic_violence_in_ugandas_covid19_response/?tQUuhqb)

Use the above link to sign the petition.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Best wishes,