Stop violence against Women

Activists have asked government and stakeholders to take action to eliminate violence against women and put in place mechanisms that will ensure justice for victims and adequate punishment for perpetrators.

Addressing the media in Kampala yesterday ahead of the annual Peace Exposition in Kasese, Ms Helen Kezie-Nwoha, the programme manager of the Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange, a women rights activist group, said: “The more girls are being forced into prostitution by their families hoping to get money, the more number of child mothers and fathers in an area that lacks major educational facilities.”

The activists said despite being one of the countries affected by the long period of war, Uganda remains marginalised in development interventions; leading to high levels of trauma, violence against women, illiteracy and poverty. Read more…

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Uganda starts Internet Governance Forum Discussions 2009

Ugandans are at it again! Following successful Internet Governance Forums last year in several East African Countries including Uganda, new discussions are under way.

Last year, the main issues were to raise awareness, update stakeholders on the issues under debated at the international stage, and gather views on what the priority issues for Uganda were.

This year however, IG discussions seek to focus on consolidating the understanding of the issues and to state positions that may have been previously ambiguously defined. Some of the issues that continue to be discussed are; promoting access, managing Uganda’s Critical Internet Resources, gender issues in internet governance; content control Vs freedom of expression; cyber security and crime, e.tc

Discussions can be followed on the I-Network website

Kampala City Council killing Ugandans with sewage

An interesting read from The New Vision Uganda... I believe KCC just doesn’t care about the health and wellbeing of city dwellers.

KAMPALA City Council (KCC) has disregarded recommendations of the Katorobo Commission and okayed the construction of a huge warehouse on top of delicate sewer pipes on a contested piece of land in Lugogo, a city suburb.

The developments on plot M72/3 by Luish Investments have drawn protests from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, which warns of a health catastrophe as the clay sewer pipes laid more than 40 years ago may give way due to pressure exerted by the weight of the buildings.

The plot is behind the rugby club playground at Lugogo bordered by the Lugogo power transmission sub-station, a railway line and Shell Club.

The plot is not only located in a wetland, but is also shrouded in controversy over shoddy transfers and dealings. It was first acquired by the Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, in 2003 amid a dispute with Kyadondo Rugby Club.

The story continues…

Blog Action Day! What Have You Done to End Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day and I’m stuck at my desk thinking that I should blog about poverty trends in Uganda. But alas! I forgot to carry a digital camera to take some pictures not that I do not have any saved pictures. Now, what amuses more  is that my office is located a very busy area -Katwe along Entebbe road! For those whose know this area, you may agree that it is really chaotic simply because of the nature of business located here! (Reminder to upload pictures)

However, just behind the building I work from, are a series of houses that are not fit to be called houses. But nonetheless they are occupied by people. Basically, this is called a slum area. Again, what interests me the most is the number of business coming up in this area. That is from Micro-Finance Institutions to IT companies (my area on operation). Basically, this area is predominately taken up by businesses in used car spare parts and any used thing you could think of (carpets, electronics, toys, etc).

I have tried to do google search to find out whether there has been any published data on slums in Uganda but my search has been not that fulfilling. On trying to search on poverty in Katwe, I came about the Slum Action in Katwe-Kibuye Stand up, an event that seeks to mobilise citizens and create awareness of the MDGs and cleaning up one of the slum areas in Kampala. At least we now what is being done in the fight against poverty. The question is what are you doing or what have you done?