Welcome to this week’s edition of our weekly round-up of the main happenings in the Ugandan women’s world!
It has been a tough, tough week. While there has been much to be thankful for, news of domestic violence have cast dark shadows. It began with news of residents undressing a young woman in Busia. Her crime? Dresscode. Within the same week, there have been two different reports in Luuka district. A 43-year-old mother of nine bought herself a dress and her husband was outraged. She died on Tuesday from injuries sustained from the beating. In the same district, another 25-year-old woman, was hacked by a husband who accused her of infidelity. She was reported to have fractured fingers and deep multiple injuries on the head, hands and back.
Then in a Mbarara bar, there was a shooting of four in another “crime of passion”. The gunman is reported to have been having an affair with the bar owner (one of the deceased) whom he suspected to be engaged with another man.
Parliament Watch Uganda brought us #MPsEngage on Thursday but either we missed it or domestic violence was not addressed. The topic was “Making Women Count in the Legislative Process” and the tweet-up was both in Kampala and Gulu. Read Nyamishana Prudence’s review in Global Voices.
Meanwhile, Desire Luzinda was arrested for allegedly getting a passport for her Nigerian ex-boyfriend. Does she now work with the Immigration Office? We don’t know. There was no mention of immigration officers getting arrested.
Four things elsewhere that made our internets smile
Kabaka’s Birthday for Fight Against Fistula? The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, is turning 60 this year. A lot of activities are planned for the month-long celebration, but one of these activities is a charity run to raise funds for the fistula repair surgeries and awareness. PostBank Uganda has already donated UGX20m to the cause.
Emily Karungi profiled on Django Girls. Django Girls does one-day programming in Python and Django for women and girls. Be sure to check out their work in Kampala. And definitely read their profile of the week, Emily Karungi, also the founder of Django Girls Kampala chapter.
Jacqueline Kasha to be honored by Harvard Law. Harvard Law released the names of their 2015 honorees for the 2nd Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. Beside ICC’s Fatou Bensouda, professors, activists and congresswomen, Jaqueline Kasha Nabagesera will be honored for raising her voice.
Conferences and Trainings. We cannot find you the links for everything, unfortunately. But be sure to check out @FOWODE_Uganda on Twitter. They filled our timelines all week with wisdoms from their Gender and Economic Policy training, co-sponsored by UN Women. There was less tweets from Makerere Conference on Child and Maternal Mortality Rate…but we don’t think we imagined it. (Or did we?)
Stories we are keeping an eye on
Uganda International Writers´ Conference: 2nd Edition Memoir and Truth. From 2-6th March, writers are going to get together in Kampala- in exclusive and open events– to talk writerly things. South African writer, Zakes Mda, will give keynote. But more than that, we spied exciting names on the list: Beverly Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Hilda Twongyeirwe, Juliane Okot Bitek, Nansubuga Makumbi, Melissa Kiguwa, Glaydah Namukasa and Mildred Barya.
Government to support girls in sciences. UACE results are out, and we got another of those headlines “Girls beat boys”. [Recommended reading: “Should Girls outdoing Boys in Exams be news?” via HerZimbabwe]. But apparently, things are not that good and Government is saying it is going to support girls to do sciences. Minister Jessica Alupo said there was some discrepancy between girls’ performance in sciences at UCE and their enrollment for the same subjects at A’Level.
Elizabeth Nalumansi Wamala continues to seek justice for husband’s death. Nalumansi Wamala lost her husband, Wilberforce Wamala, on February 3, 2012. He was murdered, and she has spoken before about the police’s reluctance to solve the crime. Top Police officials, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, is reportedly involved (a prisoner is said to have implicated him in an interview with a private investigator). She continues to ask the authorities to seek justice for her husband’s murder.