Uganda literary community calls on Government to drop charges against Nyanzi

The literary community in Uganda has joined others in calling on the Government of Uganda to drop charges against Makerere academic, Stella Nyanzi. The petition coordinated by Soo Many Stories publisher Nyana Kakoma and co-director of Center for African Cultural Excellence, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. The public statement, signed by several in the field, emphasises the…

African countries say they support women’s rights. But where’s the money?

A number of African countries – for example Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal and Namibia – have tried integrating gender budgeting to their budgeting processes. The problem is that even this approach hasn’t led to enough resources being allocated to ensure implementation of the Maputo Protocol.

Women earn 41% what men are paid in Uganda

Many times when having a conversation on gender equality, several people will try to counter with “but in Uganda, women and men are equal.” Lived experiences show us different, but with more women getting into the job market, data is also telling us equality still eludes us.

Waigo: Women’s contribution to arts has predominately been as the subject during creation

Mon pi Mon was very excited to hear about the female visual arts exhibition Aphra Arts Organisation was putting together as part of Uganda’s 54th Independence anniversary. The pop-up exhibition will feature the Future Female Visual Artists (Kampala) collective of female visual artists age 19-24 years old, who are based in Uganda. In celebration of Ugandan Independence Asiimwe Caroline, Guma Ruth, Nalungo Sharifah, Namutosi Martha and Piloya Irene will be showing new works and others in progress at 32º East, Ugandan Arts Trust in Kansanga on Oct 7th.
We sought out Artistic Director and Founder, Yvonne Waigo, and asked her some questions:

Why Stanbic footage would not add to the bigger conversation

What is different this time? Ronald Kibuule, according to Hellen Obuku, invoked his office. He did not want to be searched because he is a Minister. The Stanbic CEO- who runs a bank that according to recent results, rose net profit by 56.9% to Shs107.29 billion- had time to apologise to him, likely because he is a Minister.

Kibuule also called the police. “But Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Mr Kibuule called the police to “intervene in the case” at the bank. The Minister reportedly called the Mukono District police commander, Mr Alfred Ahimbisibwe, to arrest Obuku for criminal libel, a media-related offence. [Obuku is said to have “recollected herself and went back to her post and kept quiet.”]

Feminist leadership versus numbers: Why it is difficult to fully support Kazibwe for the AU job

Feminist leadership is about changing how power works. It should not just be about appointment of women but also advancement for social justice for all. It is leadership for the women and girls in Karamoja who have to spend more time fetching water because the valley dams were not constructed. It is leadership for the less fortunate in the country- female, male, different able bodied, rural, urban, young, old- for whom mismanagement of the funds meant for poverty alleviation was the difference between making it in life and falling through the cracks. It is about taxpayer money used for one individual when thousands go hungry in the country.