More than 120 couples that have been living in illegal cohabitation Wednesday last week legalized their marriages during the Gender Accountability Day event that took place in Nyaruguru District on 30 October 2019.
Legalization of marriages was one of the core activities that were planned during the gender accountability day events that was organized in Nyaruguru district by the Gender Monitoring Office in collaboration with different stakeholders including, public institutions, development partners and Non-Government Organizations and ran from 26-30 October 2019.
Speaking at the event, the District Mayor who also received the oaths of the couples emphasized that legalizing marriage is not a ceremony, rather a move that aims to giving equally opportunity and participation of both husband and wife to contribute to the development and welfare of their family.
‘‘Today, you and your family members are celebrating this wonderful ceremonial step. Let me remind you that this is not a ceremony, rather a reminder that you both, wife and husband should always work together to ensure a safe family,’’ said HABITEGEKO François, Nyaruguru District Mayor.
The Mayor also called on couples that legalized their marriages to embrace gender equality and ensure they live in harmony, prevent Gender Based Violence and family conflict in particular in order to build a safe and resilient family.
‘‘I urge you to always put forward mutual consultations and avoid any conflict that may lead to issues that affect the wellbeing of members of the family. A family that embraces gender equality never experiences hunger, malnutrition, stunting and other issues that still hinder the family’s socio-economic development,’’ added the Mayor.
Messages by other Officials
In their remarks, different officials including the Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye was also the Guest of Honor urged couples and the community to prevent anything that can contribute to destabilization of the family.
‘‘Gender equality is one of the principles enshrined in our Constitution. It is a foundation for transformational development. I also urge not to be involved in concubinage as it is also a source for family conflicts,’’ said Honorable Minister.
In addition to legalizing marriages, other activities that were implemented during the five days of the Gender Accountability Day events in Nyaruguru District include a 2-days workshop that brought together teen mothers and stakeholders to discuss on issues they still face in the community and how stakeholders and the community in general can support their effective reintegration.