Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
AGHA incorporated radio talk shows in her project to provide a platform for the people to discuss issues of GBV prevention and redress. The common people call in to air out their views while the duty bearers hosted respond accordingly. Accessing radio shows in Dokolo is quite difficult because of the one station covering the whole district. In order to ensure inclusiveness, journalists were hired to traverse the hard to reach communities for their voices. These are recorded in a form of vox pops and played during the talk shows.
The major milestone of this interaction has been the development of the GBV ordinance in Dokolo district. The empowered citizens repeatedly called on their leaders to come up with laws against GBV in their community. One of the radio journalists we trained recorded a community member saying; “These people particularly men do not have discipline. They only fear laws. Worse still our cultural norms empower their manhood. If we want to end GBV, we need to come up with strong laws to protect the women and children. They are vulnerable yet not catered for by the cultural norms.”
While some communities in Uganda may still side with their gender biased norms, that is not the case here in Dokolo. The people are determined to put an end to this selfishness for peace and justice. There is still need for unity to ensure that this ordinance is passed.