Mon Weekly Brief: Rest In Power Joan Kagezi

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 week. With the assassination of Joan Kagezi, a state prosecutor, the country has been a bit uneasy. Kagezi was head of the International Crimes Division in the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, and the lead attorney in the case of the 2010 Kyadondo bombing. No definite connection has been made yet between the travel advisories last week, the case against Al Shabaab resuming on Tuesday and her assassination Monday night. IGP Kayihura urged public to remain calm. Meanwhile, Museveni said he would pay school fees for the children until they tire of studying and the Vision Group has spearheaded a fundraising drive for them. Vision Group aims to raise UGX300m within a month.

We lost Dr Kevin Florence Tsatsiyo, too. Tuesday’s Daily Monitor said she was the head of the medical department of the United Nations office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. She has reportedly been looking after an estimated 400,000 refugees in different parts of the country. Dr. Tsatsiyo was found dead in her bathroom. The Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights, an independent refugee-led organisation, is calling for investigations.

This week on Mon

The girls should keep their 1.5 points. Because housework. Remember that study we were watching? Well, we finally said something. That if boys feel left out, they can get a-mopping.

Should we be asking to see consent forms for pictures? The pictures from the death of AK47 are still recent for everyone. Ugandans, on social media, blocked people and spoke out against the use of those pictures. Now not all pictures are of dead bodies, but there have been photographs that have left us uncomfortable. Should Joan Kagezi’s children be protected as witnesses to a crime? What about the pictures from NGOs across the country?

Four things elsewhere that made our internets smile

The Church is thinking about cervical cancer. They have not done a drive of HPV vaccinations, or held medical camps for women to get pap tests. They haven’t talked about condoms. But, they have been talking about HPV and cervical cancer in women. The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau has advised men to get circumcised to reduce the chances of passing on the virus to their female sexual partners.

There were 10 photographers: five were women. Kampala Photo Market was a success. It will reportedly happen 3 to 4 times a year. The aim, they said, was to fill “the gap created by an absence of contemporary photography in the public conversation on art.” Of 10 photographers, five were women. Darlyne Komukama. Liz Kamugasha. Ethel Nshakira. Roshan Karmali. And, Christine Masika,

Two Ugandan women on a list of African feminists. One of our favorite websites, For Harriet, closed Women’s Month with a list of 18 Phenomenal African Feminists to know. That list included Melissa Kiguwa (poet, Reveries of Longing) and Hilda Twongyeirwe (coordinator, FEMRITE) with other names from across the continent like Chimamanda Adichie, Minna Salami and Theo Sowa.

Dr. Josephine Namboze profiled on UN Women. Dr. Namboze was the first woman doctor in East and Central Africa. This was during colonial times, too. She graduated from Makerere in 1959. She went on to become the first woman professor in Africa, and the first woman to head a public health institute in Uganda. She talked about family support, being first and women as health care providers.

Stories we’re keeping an eye on

Uganda among top contributors to new HIV cases. Dr. Christine Ondoa, Director General of Uganda AIDS Commission was speaking at Uganda Media Center on Monday. She said we had 380 new infections every day. It is said that women have a 10 percent chance of getting HIV before their 40th birthday. And, HIV prevalence is estimated to be 12 times higher among sex workers, and in our part of the world (also referred to as “sub-Saharan Africa”), adolescent girls and young women account for one in four new HIV infections.

Ann Nabusoba, shot by thugs, is looking for UGX 12m for surgery. Thugs shot her mother and brothers dead, in 2013. She survived, but with injuries. She who is having difficulty walking to school, is now fundraising for knee replacement surgery. She is still surviving.

Our best wishes for a wonderful gender-sensitive week. Please send any news, comments and suggestions to 256woman@gmail.com You can follow us on Twitter here for updates throughout the week.

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