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New Vision
Lira women call for govt protection
Bill Oketch
December 12, 2010
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 Ogur, said.

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 infection.

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 abused.

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 this problem."

The ceremony was organised by Amach sub-county in partnership with NACWOLA and Action aid-Uganda.