First-year students at Kyambogo University have been asked to guard against sexual harassment. The students’ orientation started on Monday and will close on Friday.
While addressing students at the Central Teaching Facility auditorium Winfred Tibananuka, the Senior Counselor at Kyambogo University cautioned first-year students to avoid indecent dressing which she said is one of the triggers for sexual harassment.
Tibananuka said that the counseling department is making arrangements to sensitize the students on sexual harassment.
In 2019, higher institutions of learning in Uganda including Kyambogo University adopted a project: KISH- Kicking Sexual Harassment out of Higher Education Institutions as part of a zero-tolerance policy to the vice.
Under this project, students are taught and exposed to issues relating to sexual harassment, how to respond to it, guard against it and find a safe space to report cases.
Samuel Ssembusi a first-year student noted that at University students should be free to dress as they like well knowing they can manage the consequences.
Winnie Wanyala, a first-year student expressed concern of fear for retaliation from perpetrators if she reports a case.
“How sure am I that I am protected by counselors when I report! I am afraid speaking out on sexual harassment could make me fail on my Academic program from stories I have heard “
It is through an orientation that students acquire such knowledge, unfortunately, the attendance is usually poor.
Over 300 students attended the orientation program.
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