Thursday, November 19, 2009

EALA: End Violence Against Women

From the Citizen:
The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) on Tuesday called for enhanced efforts to end violence against women.

The regional parliament also urged national assemblies or parliaments of the East African Community (EAC) partner states to reinforce existing legislations on violence against women so as to put the menace to an end.

Its members suggested the setting up of parliamentary bodies charged with overseeing implementation of violence against women legislations to make them very effective.

They urged the EAC to build strong institutional frameworks which would act as a plan of action against gender violence.

In a motion read by Ms Safina Kwekwe Tsungu, an Eala member from Kenya, the legislators further urged EAC member countries to ensure that women get comprehensive and accessible health services and programmes.

They expressed deep concerns on the plight of women in refugee camps and those internally displaced by armed conflicts in their home countries, saying they were chief targets of organised violence.

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