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Ugandans protest in response to violence against women

JUSTICE: Protestors march in response to violence against women in Uganda

HUNDREDS OF protesters marched through the streets of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, in response to the alarming number of kidnappings, sexual abuse and murder cases involving women across the nation.

Lydia Namubiru of the Women Protest Working Group, which organised the demonstration said: "We demand action and accountability for the rampant kidnapping, brutalising and murder of women in this country."

It has been reported that since May 2017, at least 43 women have been murdered and others kidnapped in a spate of violent crimes. As the numbers continue to rise with little action taken by the authorities, activists have called for a better response from the police force, who they say have handled the cases inadequately.

The peaceful protesters wore black T-shirts and carried posters bearing the names and ages of women who had been raped and murdered in cases that are yet to be solved.

French ambassador to Uganda, Stephanie Rivoal, who joined the dozens of protesters on the street said: “I want this march to raise awareness about what’s going on.

When women are killed sometimes they don’t attract the same attention as when men are killed. I am here to make a statement that women’s lives matter in the same way as men’s lives."

Watch the unfolding of the march below:

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