Activists demand action on kidnaps, murders

KAMPALA- Hundreds of activists have taken part in the ‘One Million March’, protesting the kidnaps and killings of women in the country.

The march started from Centenary Park to Railway grounds under the protection of the police.

Several activists who included women and men held placards reading ‘Stop killing us, women’s lives matter, her body her future and Ugandan lives matter’.

The activists were joined by America Ambassador Deborah Malac and French Ambassador Stephanie Rivoal.

The activists were on Thursday granted permission by Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo.

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, the .chief organizer, says as part of the activities, they plan to visit areas and families of the murdered women and talk to members of the community, meet members of parliament of parliament and media as they highlight the plights facing women in the country.

The protest comes on the backdrop of several killings of women in the country over the last year. Records show that 42 women have been murdered in the last one year.

The women activists are also demanding investigations into the killings.

French ambassador Rivoal said when women are killed, they don’t attract as much attention as men. She says that she joined the march to make a statement that women’s lives matter.

She applauded the police for permitting the protest. Rivoal, however, condemned the unnecessary use of force by security agencies.

Ambassador Malac said women should be provided security and given confidence that the killings will stop.

“Women deserve confidence as they walk around streets doing their businesses. We are really happy to be here with all these young and wonderful women and hopefully we will continue to do more to push for an end to violence against women,” Malac said.

Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director Uganda NGO Forum, said the march was significant because it brought to the fore, the issue of violence against women.