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  • Tackling the “Shadow Pandemic” of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

    “In the shadow of this tragic global pandemic lurks another pandemic- Violence against Women and Girls. Less reported and hardly headlines news but claiming lives nonetheless.” On January, 3 2020, BBC WORLD Media reported a “mysterious viral pneumonia” in China. It was an outbreak with 44 cases of people affected,…

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  • COVID-19 Chronicles: Life in the clutches of a global pandemic

    We are featuring human centered stories, poems and critical analyses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected alumnae of our African Women’s Leadership Institute.  We encourage you to explore a diversity of topics including but not limited to; the economy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health, violence in…

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  • Struggling With Anxiety and Finding Purpose During COVID-19

    “…asking for help is strength, courage, and stoic determination to rise above our fears and weaknesses and bounce back better and tougher.” The Nightmare It is a few months into the raging global pandemic and we all seem to be more accepting of this new situation we find ourselves in…

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  • Survivors of Sexual Violence are Human Beings Before They Are Headlines

    When it comes to reporting about sexual violence, the media in Uganda is misleading at best and a catalyst for further violence at worst. Global women’s movements have accused the media of using language that trivializes the experiences of the survivors and publishing unverified/untrue information about survivors. In addition, reporters…

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  • How To Cover Stories of Sexual Violence With Humanity

    Akina Mama wa Afrika in partnership with Hivos hosted the #MediaandMeToo webinar from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM EAT on 28 March, 2020. The dialogue was held to assess the prevalence of Sexual Harassment in the media sector and to interrogate media’s documentation and reporting of cases of sexual harassment. The dialogue was…

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  • The Institutionalization Of Sexual Violence In Uganda

    The Uganda Police released the 2019 annual crime report in March this year. The rate of crime, at least that which is reported, has decreased by 9.8% with the cases declining from 238,746 cases reported in 2018 to 215,224 cases reported in 2019. The figures for crimes of a sexual nature…

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  • Women Street Vendors in the Parliament of Uganda: A Lesson in Courage

    ‘As human beings, there’s a respect that we deserve because all of us have our rights. Even when we are on the streets, everyone must respect us. Something that does not happen most of the time…’                                      A woman vendor from Naguru market Nothing less than my interaction with the…

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  • After the Shooting Stops, What Next?

    One of the pluses that comes with working with a Feminist organization is the opportunity to grow your knowledge and understanding of issues that concern you at a personal level. You will have the most soulful conversations on topics as simple as why women wearing high heels should be a…

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  • This Is How Young Women Are Coping With Sexual Harassment at Universities

    In April 2018, Rachel Njoroge Njeri reported Edward Kisuze an administrator at Makerere University to the police for sexually molesting her. He was proved guilty and suspended from Makerere University which sparked off a debate on sexual harassment by staff at Makerere University on different social media platforms. Female students…

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  • Staying business savvy to survive on the flower farm

    Namatovu is the popular socks vendor among her colleagues. At the end of her work day, outside the changing rooms, she turns into a trader – showcasing her product, conducting negotiations, and recommending what pair and color of socks one should buy. Each pair goes for 2,000 Uganda Shillings (USD…

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