Uganda’s parliament has passed an all-encompassing law on sexual offences.
Some of the provisions in the old criminal law in the process were also abolished.
The new law provides for the establishment of a national sexual offenders’ register in which anyone who is convicted of a sexual offence will have their name registered within 10 days of the court ruling.
They will be obliged to disclose this history if applying for a job, or any position that puts children in their care.
The Uganda government also introduced legislation on street harassment, public sexual assault as well as harassment in professional settings for the first time.
Cat-calling, the demand of sexual favors for job opportunities or academic progress has been made illegal.
The new law also criminalizes child sex tourism and child sex work.
At least seven years imprisonment for anyone who shares digital explicit content on the internet and any social media platform is demanded by the new law.
Activists have backed this up, saying this could have an impact on the targets of revenge pornography in cases where such explicit content is shared from the victim’s own account by their abuser.