Meeting with some members of the community
Meeting with some members of the community: I met with some of the men in the community and explained to them the need of encouraging their wives engage in some of the farming projects. This meeting was a success and we are yet to meet other members of the community together with the women
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The day my dad died was the day my life changed and I have never been the same again. My dad was a fun loving and very charming person. He loved people, he loved his friends and family and most of all he loved his wife and children. He was short tempered but he always expressed his love for us.

I was a daddy’s girl, my father was my hero, my friend and my confidant. I am the person I am today because of the influence my father had on me. We were a middle class family and my father never admired the rich people. He always taught us to appreciate what we had and he always emphasized that we should help those in need. Every time we refused to eat food he would remind us that there are children who are starving.

My dad always told me that there was no point in being selfish and that we should always love those around us and reach out to those we can. After Law school and several years of working with law firms, I realized that I wanted to work with communities and make a difference in people’s lives. This was a dream my father had always wanted.

When I started working with vulnerable and marginalized people is when I felt my whole life was complete. Talking to victims of domestic violence and following up their cases and ensuring that they underwent counseling was something that I loved. Seeing these women overcome their fears and move on with their lives and start working was a wonderful experience. 

Listening to victims of domestic violence and helping them overcome their fears is what has inspired me to continue working with these women as much as I can. I am currently working on projects that empower women financially in the villages of Buikwe and Kasawo through promoting agriculture. I believe that if they are financially independent then they are able to look after their children and also with time get back their self-esteem.

My goal is to ensure that these women’s lives are uplifted by becoming financially independent and ensuring that they are able to look after their children. It is very sad that many of these women were married off before they reached the age of 15, and this was because their parents could not afford to look after all the children. Therefore my wish is that their daughters can be given a chance to go to school so that they have better lives in the future. This is all possible if they are financially independent.

One pastor at church told us that the man is the head of the family but the women is the neck. This is very powerful because without the neck the head will not be able to move. Women are the mothers of our nation and so we need them to be uplifted in all aspects.

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Dear Anita,

I am sorry to hear about your dad. May his soul rest in peace. You are doing such a wonderful job. Domestic violance against women is such a horrible crime that prevails in almost all societies of world.

I believe that women can be best tool to eradicate domestic violance. Recently in Pakistan, government has approved a bill to protect women from domestic violance. Government has alloted a telephone number where woman can call if she is a victim of domestic violance. You can work to bring some legislation in your country.

Wish you good luck for your journey.

Best Regards from Pakistan

Thanks Bella for your support.  we actually have laws in uganda that protect women from domestic violence , however the biggest problem is enforcemnt of those laws especially in  rurual areas. We are praying and hoping that with time there will be more law enformcent officer in these areas. Stay blessed my sister.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi Head of Legal and Advocacy Centre for Batwa Minorities a.kiddu@gmail.com cfmlegal@gmail.com Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Hi Anita,

My condolences to your father. Your story is amazing and gender based violence detroys a woman's being. Regaining self esteem and being economically stable is what every woman out there must have. 

Thank you for doing this.

And I wish you the best,May God Bless you multiple times.

Hi Anita, I relate with your passion to empower women to be indepedent. Continue with your strategy in engaging the men to encourage thewomen bcause when we motivate the women to be productive without the support of the men will mean on step forward and two step backward. God bless your effort.

Dear Anita,

What a great opportunity and blessing you had in your life, to have had such a dad, who would influence you to be a changemaker particularly in the lives of women in your country...

I celebrate him today!

Agriculture is key in women economic empowerment and you got it right. GBV is one of the major reasons why so many women and girls in Africa are lagging behind in attaining empowerment; I am  glad that these are your major focus areas.

I wish you great success in positively transforming the lives of thousands of women in your country.

Good job...keep up Anita.

Gladys Muthara,

WEE Global Champion, Quality Education Champion.

Dear Anita, My Condolences about your dad. It is great to see what you are doing to make sure the poverty and deprivation circle so common amongst women is not repeated in the next generation. It is also inspiring to see you fight for victims of domestic violence. Such issues need to be brought to the open. The head and neck illustration is beautiful because the two cannot work independent of each other so too a relationship. Men need to be made to understand this important fact. Interesting read, thanks for sharing. Arrey

Arrey

Dear Anita,

May your father's soul rest in peace. What a positive influence he has been in your life and what tremendous work you do with women in your community. Agriculture is very positive for any nation because the people need to eat and not all people access other employment or empowerment opportunities.

I commend you on your work - empowering vulnerable and marginalized women in your community. Well done Sister!

Warm regards,

Dear Anita

Thank you so much for the great work you are doing for your country and the minority group at the Advocacy Centre. The passion you have for helping women become economically independent is commendable. Rural women need such people as you to lead, guide, encourage and inform them about ways in which they can be empowered to sustain themselves and send their children to school.

Thank you so much for your work, may you continue being a light of hope to many. 

Best regards

Barbara