Women leaders and activists protest over Mulago referral hospital water crisis

“Government that is in charge of the budget process every year must have known that Mulago was not paying its water bills and couldn’t wait for this to happen. This kind of playing with people’s health is playing with women’s lives. As a matter of fact, this is trampling with our dignity and it is totally unacceptable” said Miria Matembe a renowned women rights activist.

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 No one could have imagined that in this day and age that water services could be disconnected from a major referral hospital of any country. But this is what happened recently when the National Water and Sewerage Corporation went and disconnected water supply to some parts of Mulago hospital over unpaid bills amounting to more than Shs6b. It is said that the bill in question had accumulated over years which the hospital managers said cannot be accounted for since there are no supporting documents to that effect. This resultantly led to a water crisis in the government main referral hospital and Mwana Migimu pediatric section was the most hit by the crisis that caused diarrhea infections among children leaving many of them dead and their mothers in twinge.

In light of the above, Women leaders and activists carrying empty jerrycans have today held a peaceful protest at the hospital premises over what they called poor health services affecting their dignity as women and demanded for answers from government why it has failed to pay for water utility bills at the Mulago Referral hospital and further asked why government has failed to improve the public health sector. Continue reading

A man in the struggle for women’s rights a story By Brian Mutebi Daily Monitor

A man in the struggle for women’s rights a story By Brian Mutebi Daily Monitor

ALI KAVIRI: Disgusted by the disrespect with which women were regarded in his childhood village, one boy has grown into a man that boldly speaks out for women’s freedoms.

If a man lost his tooth fighting for his shirt, that might be understandable, and many will possibly come to his defense. Men put on shirts and that’s his shirt, they will say. But if he lost his tooth for a bra then everyone will most likely ask, “How? Men don’t wear bras!”

In the same way when one sees women bravely and fearlessly fighting for the rights of women, it is easy to say that that is what they are supposed to do – woman up for the cause of fellow women. But when it’s a man advocating the rights of women, especially in a patriarchal society like ours, one cannot help but immediately wonder about what motivates him.
Slender, relatively tall, dark-skinned 24-year-old Ali Kaviri is one such man to whom such questions can be posed…..continue reading at: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/A-man-in-the-struggle-for-women-s-rights/-/689842/2149922/-/14uf9a5z/-/index.html

Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda violates human rights and endangers LGBT people – Pillay

Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda violates human rights and endangers LGBT people – Pillay
ImageGENEVA (24 February 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday denounced the anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda, which she said would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people and could encourage harassment and violence against them. Continue reading

African civil society calls on President Museveni not to sign the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law

ImageThe AIDS and Rights Alliance (ARASA), a partnership of over 70 civil society organisations working in southern Africa to promote a rights-based response to HIV and TB, calls on the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to take leadership and refuse to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 20 December. The Bill was first introduced in 2009 and re-tabled before the Ugandan Parliament in February 2012. The Speaker of Parliament had promised to pass this bill before the end of 2013 as “a Christmas gift to Uganda” and has now succeeded in doing so. Continue reading

ReachUp! Alumni Forms CBO to Save His Community From Environment Degradation

ReachUp! Alumni Forms CBO to Save His Community From Environment Degradation

Uganda’s population explosion has not spared Mukono District just like many other urban areas in the country where management of solid waste including commercial, residential, and household (paper, polythene bags, bottles, kitchen wastes, plastics and medical refuse) has become a daunting task.  This had also become a major environmental issue of concern for residents of Kigombya-Mukono, something which prompted Wamala, a 19 year old to start making charcoal Briquettes. This was after attending DOT’s Signature Economic Program ReachUp! in May 2013, which opened Wamala’s eyes to a new world full of opportunities. 

IMG00655-20130729-1426.jpgWamala displays packed charcoal briquettes that are ready for sale

Wamala recalls moments of the Reachup Program, especially during the Opportunity Market place session where he learnt how to identify opportunities around him. With a strong passion for his environment and a conviction to make a difference after seeing the depletion of swamp forests in his area for fuel and other craft products that have significantly altered Mukono’s Wetlands, Wamala decided to mobilize fellow youth from Kigombya village to form “Mulungi Charcoal Briquettes Project” which makes biomass briquettes as pollution control strategy.

The briquettes are made from Biomass i.e. burnt and dried matooke peels, dry grass, paper waste and other dumped waste, which is compacted with cassava flour and clay. Wamala notes that one pack goes for 1000 Uganda shillings and is capable of cooking for 8 hours, hence making the briquettes four times better than the ordinary charcoal.

ReachUp! Bestows a New Beginning For Mukono Teenage Mothers

ReachUp! Bestows a New Beginning For Mukono Teenage Mothers

In this Blog, Kaviri Ali share how the ReachUp! Program by DOT Uganda is equipping child mothers with Business and Technology skills to start their own income generating activities so that they are better placed to support themselves and their babies. The program is greatly impacting on their lives and it’s enabling them to become confident after the trauma they have gone through, which is closely associated with child pregnancy.

 

On the 16th of September 2013, we started facilitating ReachUp! to a new group of participants and unlike other groups we have had since we began the program at Maendeleo Foundation, this group is full of teenage mothers some as old as 12 years. Trust me, we could not also believe our eyes when we saw 12 year old mothers walking through the gates of the training centre with babies to attend the program.

IMG01746-20130918-1055.jpgIn this picture, we see Dorothy breastfeeding her child, whilst attending to one of the assignments on the computer.

During our week of mobilization, we combed many villages informing different groups in the community about Reachup! and one of the centres we visited was Child Care and Youth Empowerment Foundation (CAYEF), an NGO in Mukono District  that is working around to rehabilitate teenage mothers in the area. After sharing with them about DOT’s Reachup!, and how it could boost the lives of their beneficiaries, they got so interested and promised to mobilize and send their girls to attend our program during the subsequent week.

In the past, I had extensively read and researched about teenage pregnancy but seeing the young mothers here has been an eye opener to reality with this hitch that continues to destroy many young people’s lives. The sad reality is that Uganda looses 16 women on a daily basis due to pregnancy-related complications, many of whom are young mothers under the age of 18 years.  

Many findings on teenage pregnancies in the country cites the luck of information on Sexual and Reproductive Health needs especially among the young people which is increasingly contributing to high rates of unintended pregnancy, early marriages, early sexual behaviours and the risks associated with these pregnancies are leading to unsafe abortions as teens use all means to get rid of these unwanted pregnancies. It has been often said that as young people grow into adolescents and young adults, they become sexually active and are exposed to the dual risks of unwanted pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). At the age of 12 young people begin to explore sexuality.

IMG01737-20130917-1245.jpgA teen mother attends to her child during classes.

Digital opportunity trust (DOT) in Uganda Recognizes Best Peforming Interns

Digital opportunity trust (DOT) in Uganda Recognizes Best Peforming Interns

The 2nd of August 2013 was a remarkable day for DOT Uganda since a Public Exhibition was held, during which the impact of DOT’s signature entrepreneurship program on the lives of community members, and partner organizations was showcased. In addition, the best performing interns in areas such as blogging, photography, online participation, and field facilitation were also recognized.

The winners included:

  • Amwola Fiona, voted as Best Online Commenter;
  • Kaviri Ali, voted as the Best Blogger and Best Photographer;
  • Kitandwe Ibra and Ninsiima Margaret, who scooped the Best Facilitator Award since they got equal votes;
  • Cherotich Jackline and Nisiima Margaret who won the Innovation Award with equal votes.