The International Women’s Day Students Dialogue
By Kezia Koburungi
As one of the activities organized to mark the International Women’s Day, the Youth Link Initiative in partnership with the Kampala International University (KIU) Students Guild Union held a student’s dialogue to raise awareness about any violence that young women and girls face may face in and around Campus. Youth Link Initiative is a youth led and managed nonprofit organization which was founded to empower youth to catalyze positive social change individually and among their communities. The organization supports youth by providing them with knowledge and skills about social issues which impact social development.
The dialogue was intended to inspire the University community to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls at University. The event was held at the KIU Senate board room and was attended by among others; the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Dr. Busingye D. Janice, Executive Director UGANET, Ms. Dora Musinguzi, Executive Director Youth Link Initiative, Mr. Alex Kamukama, the KIU Guild President, Mr. William Tulinawe and his Deputy, Ms. Mary Kabaikiriza.
During the dialogue which attracted about 78 participants (59 female and 19 male), students discussed ways of preventing gender based violence (GBV) within the KIU Campus and its surroundings. They also developed a list of key issues that hinder the effective programming and utilization of GBV prevention services in Uganda as well as explored the 30 human rights as articulated in the UN declaration on human rights.