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Uganda Journalists Association appears before Parliament over sexual harassment in institutions

UJA President Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira talks to press. The members have appeared before the court on sexual harassment in Institutions. (FILE PHOTO)

PARLIAMENT- Uganda Journalist’s Association executive members on Tuesday tasked members of parliament who sit on the special select committee investigating sexual harassment in institutions of learning to lead the struggle of translating the laws on sexual harassment in different languages.

This was aimed at putting an end to sexual harassment in secondary schools and higher institutions of learning.

In their submission, to the committee on how sexual harassment can be stopped in institutions of learning, UJA President Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira who led the delegation noted that Uganda has got many laws which are against sexual harassment.

Unfortunately, many Ugandans are not able to use it in court because they can’t read and interpret the laws in English.

The Members also informed the committee chaired by the acting chairperson and also Kioga County MP, Anthony Okello that there are several laws about sexual harassment but they are non-functional. Adding that government institutions like police and Judiciary have contributed a lot to sexual harassment of students because they take long to act on the issue.

“Students’ lack of enough funds for education and their thirst for marks have greatly contributed to the sexual harassment of students,” Kazibwe said In response to their request, Hon. Okello added that they are going to consider their submissions and consider it when drafting their final report which they will present on the floor of parliament.

He appealed to the members to continue furnishing them with sexual harassment information at any time so that they can work as a team to fight the vice in schools.

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