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2024 SGBV Annual Walk

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Event: Annual SGBV Walk Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Theme: Empowering Grassroots Communities to Unite and Act Against Violence Towards Women and Girls.
Date: 19th July 2024
Location: Rukungiri Stadium, Southwest Uganda
Mission: Nyaka works with communities to nurture and protect children so they can learn, grow, and thrive.

Summary

Nyaka hosted its inaugural Annual Walk against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in July 2018, aiming to raise awareness and foster community-driven solutions. Since then, the walk has evolved, drawing over 4,000 participants across Uganda in July 2023. Attendees include students, educators, political and religious figures, civil servants, law enforcement officers, community members, grandmothers, and grandfathers. During the event, Nyaka collaborates with prominent Ugandan artists and influencers to deliver performances featuring uplifting messages conducive to behavioural change.

Since 2015, Nyaka has spearheaded the fight against SGBV in Kanungu and Rukungiri. Operating five SGBV healing centers across the two districts, we have supported 1,186 victims, predominantly children and young girls aged 0-20 years (76%), who have been defiled (63%) or raped (18%), by offering them free medical, legal, and psychosocial support services.

Our Goals and Objectives

To raise mass awareness of the SGBV crisis in Uganda, particularly in southwest Uganda.

To reach 100,000 people through digital media and mobilize 4,000 walkers for the 1km walk in Rukungiri town, rallying communities to unite, invest, and participate in ending violence against women and girls while creating widespread awareness of the SGBV crisis and available support services.

Expected Impacts

The walk has been instrumental in driving tangible outcomes: a significant annual increase in reported cases, a rise in arrests made, enhancement of the knowledge index regarding SGBV, and a notable shift towards more positive attitudes and practices aimed at combating SGBV. Since its inauguration in 2019, the initiative has seen remarkable progress. Reported cases documented and supported by Nyaka have surged from 46 to 435 annually. 80% of the community members are now willing to report, seek support, and prevent SGBV from happening in their communities. However, more effort is still required due to the evolving nature of the problem and the societies where it exists.

Key Activities During the 2024 SGBV Walk (5th Edition)

  • The goal (number of people we plan to reach)/Specific Objectives:
  • 100,000 will be reached through outreaches and media (X, Facebook, TikTok)
  • 4000 people are expected to participate in the 1km walk and its venue activities
  • The goal is to create mass awareness of the SGBV crisis and the available services, towards

Objectives

  • To create awareness of the SGBV problem crisis.
  • To create awareness of available services (counselling, medical care, legal services, prevention, and self-defence mechanisms).
  • To create awareness of SGBV on prevention, response, and advocacy

Where (geographical reach): Rukungiri Municipality

Why (reason and uniqueness): The Nyaka SGBV annual walk is the only walk in the area. It has triggered an impact on response,

prevention, and advocacy among local leaders, house, school-going children, and local government. It attracts people from all walks of life, and it is the biggest annual event in the region focused on women and girls.

How we shall do it (activities of the day):

1-3 months before the walk

  • Fundraise UGX54,400,000 to facilitate the walk activities.
  • Mobilize 10 partners to fully engage in the walk, including media houses, NGOs/CSOs, health institutions, and business
  • corporations.
  • Mobilise targeted individuals, churches, mosques, women’s groups, youth groups, men’s groups, and others to support the event in all ways possible.
  • Mobilise 15 schools from Rukungiri to participate in the walk.
  • Conduct 10 radio talk shows per month about the walk.
  • Run 28 advertising rounds per month for the walk.
  • Conduct 10 outreaches to schools and 10 outreaches to communities 2 months towards the walk.
  • Engage 100 men, including Boda-boda riders and grandfathers a month before the walk.
  • Visit 06 health centres II and IV in the district to mobilize, synergize, and create awareness among health workers to support the prevention of SGBV a month before the walk.
  • Stakeholder engagement meetings with the local government representatives a week before the walk.

On the day of the walk

  • Distribute 600 sensitization materials (caps, t-shirts) on the day of the walk.
  • Organize a 1 km walk around the business center of Rukungiri.
  • Invite special guests to the event to advocate against SGBV through speeches.
  • Edutainment from schools and popular musicians from Uganda.
  • Football match in support of women and girls.

What support/partnerships do we need and from whom?)/call for appeal:

Before and During the WALK/ NGOs/CSOs to

  • Join as organizing partners.
  • Provide logistical support.
  • Mobilise volunteers for event management and participant engagement.
  • Offer expertise in advocacy, fundraising, or specific issue areas related to the walk.

Business entities to

  • Sponsor event expenses (venue, equipment, marketing).
  • Provide financial contributions or matching funds.
  • Donate products or services for the event (food, water, banners, shirts, caps etc).
  • Encourage employee participation and volunteerism.

Media houses to

  • Support in event coverage and promotion.
  • Arrange interviews or feature stories about SGBV and the walk.
  • Provide advertising space or airtime for event promotion.
  • Amplify the event through social media channels and online platforms.

Community members and other individuals to participate in the walk.

  • Volunteers for various roles (crowd management, first aid).
  • Spread the word about the event through personal networks and social media.
  • Share personal stories or testimonials related to SGBV to inspire others to join.

Religious institutions, educational institutions, etc to

  • Mobilise congregations, students, or members to participate.
  • Incorporate the walk into educational or religious programs.

After the walk

  • Health center to support
  • Community to support
  • Referral centers should come in to support survivors and victims.
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