January 23, 2010, was a very significant day for Abdu-Karim Kasozi. A day when a dream started to be realised.
Kasozi's vision was to set up a grassroots organisation - BAFNET, to help support and empower the orphans and older members of the communities.
Interview with Mirina Nanziri of EACO, a grassroots NGO in Uganda:
"Poverty-stricken families send their children to towns to look for employment... which in turn leads to incidences of sexual abuse and exploitation."
People’s mouths were padlocked shut, pregnant women’s bellies were sliced open...
People are still afraid to come here, even though the area has been completely safe for over five years now.
Lola Johnson interviews Elsie Ijorogu-Reed of Delta Women: 'Rape, in particular, has left a terrible scar on the region: in some areas of the Niger Delta, nine out of ten women have been violated...'
Gulu has now been safe for over five years...
But much work remains to be done, from rehabilitating former child soldiers, letting the wives of the rebels and their children know that it’s safe to come home, to providing artificial body parts to those who lost their lips, ears, fingers and limbs to the LRA.
Aug 2012: By Peter Hilton - "Three women won their case in the Namibian High Court after they were sterilised without consent. This case represents a turning point for human rights, women’s rights, and victims of similar circumstances..."
"Instances abound where women have lost their lives due to the inability to travel miles to reach medical facilities for delivery or even to purchase drugs to sustain live.
There was a particular case where the lack of electricity and oxygen caused the death of a woman whose labour was prolonged."
Climate Change: Challenges Facing Nigerian Women - Statement by Brown Button Foundation
The Impact of Climate Change on Women and Children in Central Uganda - Statement by BAFNET
The Impact of Climate Change on Women and Children in Mukono, Uganda - Statement by Empower and Care Organization (EACO)
“When we had bad water from the pond I had dysentery three times and each time, I missed one month of school to have treatment and recover. Now, I don’t have to walk long distances to collect water and I feel much safer with this new, clean water.” John Benjamin Mwita.