Women Farmers of Uganda

Esther inherited a huge area of land from her father. But after marriage, her husband took over most of it, and decided what is to be produced in there

I was happy with what I was doing in my land. The yams and fruits were feeding us; it also earned me an income – quite a good one I must say” lamented thirty-one year old Esther Wanjala who feels a burden on herself now. “My man was determined to make big money through tobacco. How is that going to feed my children and their children in the future?”

In Uganda, out of the 41 million people, 36 million live in the rural. The rural areas of Uganda witness poverty and the rural dwellers rely on agriculture as their main source of income. In these areas about 22% of the population, live below the national poverty line. And even with a 66% of employment received through farming, food is scarce and insecure in the land. Food insecurity has become a major issue in Uganda.

Menses and Fempads: Women Break the Taboo in the DR Congo

For ages, sexual issues have been a big challenge to women and girls. The traditions in this country, mostly in the villages, are highly discriminatory toward women and girls. In this part of the world, women and girls totally depend on men for every single need of theirs. This is because the Congo society is highly paternalistic. Men make the laws and they do everything possible to protect the laws; men get the lion’s share from those traditions that allow them almost everything. Women and girls are passive regarding those traditions. They are not able to change or oppose the men; and if they do, they will be taxed to have committed taboos. Once a woman or a girl is labeled this way, serious punishment follows her. Women and girls then become scared and intimidated by such sanctions; and this fear has caused the women and girls to abide to these traditions even though they are discriminated through them at a large scale.

The fast growing Lucrative Criminal Enterprise

I was harassed and tortured by many;they, who wanted to sleep with me, did not agree to be the father of my child

Sudan has seen enough conflict to lose millions of innocent lives. During every disaster, while one suffers another gains; and so is it with the people of Sudan. Adding to the effects of conflict, displacement, poverty, etc., slavery has become a trade that is practiced in the country. Slavery was there in Sudan from the ancient days. But the gradual decrease again changed with the second civil war from 1983 to 2005. Men, women, and children are sold under this trade to countries outside Sudan. And Libya is one African country which sells high number of migrants as slaves who seek refuge there.

Working Together is Success: Men and Women for Socioeconomic Development

No one can do everything at the same time in a successful way. We all know that communities are made of men and women, and children too. So if all of us can aim development, this can be a huge success because each of us will contribute depending on their capacity. If only one side is involved, the other that has been excluded will not be happy. We need all of us to be happy through supporting one another. So, being against abuse toward women makes sense since they are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our friends and neighbors; one village should be one people united. One head is like a torn pocket, but two heads are better than one.”