WOMEN living with HIV/AIDS in Lira district have asked the
Government to help them access justice.
"We cannot access legal services because they are costly. The
Government should come to our rescue," Rose Atim, a resident of
Another resident, Evelyn Ayo, said cultural beliefs also hindered
them from accessing justice.
Speaking at the World Aids Day celebrations at Amach Primary
School on Wednesday, the women urged the Government to fight
domestic violence, saying it was the leading cause of HIV
According to data available at the National Coalition of Women
Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA), four to six cases of domestic
violence are reported in Amach sub-county daily.
Hope Masika, the managing director of NACWOLA Lira branch, said
the country lacked evidence-based policies to defend the rights
of women, especially those living with HIV.
Without free legal services for women and children, Masika noted,
the rights of the vulnerable in society would continue being
She said apart from access to justice, the vulnerable individuals
needed food and income-generating projects to support themselves
and their families.
"We are saying; no access to justice for women; no votes. We
expect the Government, credible candidates and parties to address
The ceremony was organised by Amach sub-county in partnership
with NACWOLA and Action aid-Uganda.