Ending Genderbased Violence

Loumo Grace
Posted October 10, 2018 from Uganda

When i was married to this region from a different region women ,s security was no where by then the warriors had guns AK 47  the men and boys gotentrenched a deep gun culture inKaramoja among the pastroal tribes, constantly competing among themselves in gun power. This was at the expence of peace and security which impacted greavely on women.  I  COULD NOT DEAR TO SEE MY FELLOW WOMEN SUFFER LIKE this, then i founded AWARE-UG 35 years ago with five devoted rural ladies because of the GenderBased Violence in our community of Karamojong .Women/girls were battered, beaten, toutured,inherited,kidnapped, raped,defiled,female circumcision,  health hazards hence infecting with HIV/AIDs,STD, forced marriges and made to produced as many children as their system can go in thier lives  with no regard for family planning. when they grow past reproductive age then abandoned them to marry younger girls to continue to produce more children, tradition does not allow  wives to oppose their husbands marrying other women,they would be accused of jealousy-a serious ground for devorce.the low status of women mke them vulunerable to violence and sexual harrassment. The women and Girls suffer untold harrassment and violence in such multiple marriges. The Karamojong women are among the world,s most overworked.They are charged with preparing land ,cultivating,weeding and harvesting , processing and preparing food, looking for fuel wood,water, constructing dwelling huts,wood fence around the homestead.They care for the sick,invalid and the young they must raise family cash income to provide the basic necessities. The men on the other hand, are mainly concerned with looking after and aquring more lifestock.

Generally  illiteracy rate is so high among the women and girls .

Girls are not allowed to go to school for high bride price force into early marriges which made many commiting socide,traditionally  girls who go to school bring back home HIV/AIDs, they can not inherit any property on the death of their parents a male heir must be foundin the liniage , no matter how distant.

AWARE-UG became a voice to these voiceless women and girls. thourgh our advocacy , we made a lot of partenships with other women,s organizations , groups and forming more groups in our localities.promoting awareness and understanding among the elders,traditional leaders, community group leaders of the rights of women and girls and decision making roles as a way to fight the low status Karamojong culture ascribes women.AWARE-UG conducted series of trainning workshops in form of intensive sensitisation campaign of women,s rights,their decision making roles and the need to assert themselves in socities.

We idenified  people ,men and women in the community and trained them as community paralegals their rolls is to popularise human rights especially women, rights, this specifically basic human rights and their violations especially for the women and girls to be assertive of their rights.

We formed STOP gender based violence commitee in villages and Elders commitees and male actions groups.

We disiminated gender based violence Act policy to the police,health workers,judiciary,local chiefs and community development officials, this in paticular on GBV , reporting pathways,

Through my initatives on GBV i am so proud to say that we have reduced GBV to 50% for our indeginous girls and women and through enlighting them they have become critical drivers of community development and change. They have promoted the growth of a strong women,s movement in Karamoja that advocates for the right of women and girls and enhances their social,cultural,economic and political status.Then our vision on the program of STOP GBV is " A society where women are collectively and individually self reliant and free from injustice"

.Girls have been enrolled and retained in schools

Women have own land and property,

Women  have utilised family planning methods

Social protection for women

Gererally women and girls know their rights  and the impacts of GBV

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Loumo Grace
Oct 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018

I am finding deficulty in uploading photos will try later

Jill Langhus
Oct 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018

Hi Grace,

Thanks for sharing your great and inspiring post and work. I'm very impressed how much headway you have made through your program. Do you have any plans to expand it other areas/regions? This could surely be a country-wide program?

Hope you're having a great day. Good luck with your submission.

Loumo Grace
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Hi Jlanghus,
thank you so much, we would be so greatful to expand our services in any place, but due to resources which always affects women organizations make it a bit hard. Nevertheless we shall always be there to fight the injustice.

Jill Langhus
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

You're very welcome:-) I see. Do you ever do online or local fundraisers for your work? Very glad to hear it. Keep up the good work!

Loumo Grace
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Thanks we do online fundrising and local fundrising right now there is a call for proposal from COMIC, we are applying thanks you if you may know others who support women,s orgnization please to hear.

Jill Langhus
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

You're welcome:) Okay. Will do. Do you look regularly on the "Resources" page, too? There are some great resources on there that could help you! Good luck!

Loumo Grace
Oct 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018

Thank you very much we shall always be in touch and link or networking .

Jill Langhus
Oct 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018

You're welcome. Okay. Sounds great...

Hope you have a great day!

Loumo Grace
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hi Every one i have managed to upload my profile photo

my ten year old grand daughter has impressed me by campaigning against GBV she has expressed her self so well and she will be campiging during her holidays in december i wish to share her video with all
Thank you

Corine Milano
Nov 01, 2018
Nov 01, 2018

Wonderful, thank you Grace this story and all you are doing! You can share your granddaughter's video on World Pulse by uploading it first to YouTube and then sharing the link in a new post. I do hope you will do so and continue to share stories of your community and your work!! I am very impressed with all you are doing and am glad you found us here at World Pulse.