World Pulse and the impact on Women in my community

Tumwijukye Amerito
Posted November 12, 2019 from Uganda
The Women are central to every part of life
Count the population vending food, whereas women are directly involved, the few men are walking through. It is the women and the Girl-child

For over 12 years of engagement in advocacy, i have found it sad that when it comes to women Rights are ignored despite laws and protocols in place. For 4 years now  World pulse has helped me to move on despite all odds and threats in advocating for women Land Rights. Through sharing with members on the forum, i have had the courage to change my strategy of advocacy to empower women so that they can advocate for themselves. This is because the  area of Land Rights is a very risky area where the messengers/advocates are hit on the head. it does not only involve threats but also complete loss of life. Having been involved in preparation and formation of "Women Land Rights Movement in Uganda in 1998, i continued with the passion and started a forum called Land Forum Uganda. Through this, we build capacity of the common person to  stand against abuse of women, protect orphans property, and the property of the vulnerable groups. In Uganda, Land rights of women, the common person and vulnerable children are trampled upon at ease. The rich evict the poor, but at the end of the day it is women who suffer as they are the ones that fend for the family.  I have  impacted and brought  a smile on the face of women, and the poor. Women have been made aware of the Laws in Uganda that protect family Land by giving powers to the women to consent before any transaction is made on family Land. Through this, husbands have learnt the significance of registering women interest on Land. Women no longer get involved in purchase of land as witnesses but as owners like it used to be where a woman save money and buys Land but in the agreement the woman appears as a witness yet it is her savings that paid for the Land.   04 women have  been touched, one has battled a court case for 12 years, another was a widow and her plot of land had been grabbed by the church and the 02 had the husbands selling family land. I have supported the four to get their property back. 

Under another organization Indigenous Sustainable Development Alliance, women are being economically empowered economically through Biodiversity conservation using bee-keeping as an innovation that helps people to interact with natural resources sustainably. When crop yields are low, it is the woman that feel too much pain. An empowerment to women is an empowerment to the family, nation and the world. Thanks to the Community of World Pulse.   

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Lisbeth
Nov 12
Nov 12

Dear brother Amerito,
Wow, I am very inspired by your projects for vulnerable women in your country. It's very sad to hear that these are happenings in your country.
How can a church take the only plot that belongs to a widow? It's injustices and I am very proud of your conviction for these innocent and vulnerable mother's and widows. May you never give up on them.

Also with the bee keeping project, I think is excellent. Economic empowerment is also a great source of freedom for the woman. Thanks very much for sharing, I am really inspired by your story.
At least we still got the good ones who will fight of the widow and the orphan child. Have a great day and take care.
Regards

Jill Langhus
Nov 13
Nov 13

Hi Amerito,

I agree with Lisbeth, totally! I'm so inspired by your work and advocacy. I'm so glad to hear of the empowering work that you're doing for these women and also to see how compassionate you are to their plight, as well. Does your organization or forum have a website and/or social media links that we can like/follow? Thanks so much for sharing, and please keep up the excellent work!

Hope you have a great, rest of the week!

IjeomaSO
Nov 13
Nov 13

Awwwwwwh,! You really melted my heart Tumwijukye! I could remember vividly during the burial of my father, one of my cousins' came to meet me that he was expecting me to leave my father's compound for my brothers and their guests and come stay in theirs. When I asked his reason, he told me that because my brothers owns the house and moreover, I am married now and that I belong to my husband's place. I said wow, if that was the case, why allow me spend my hard earned fortune to bury my father. Note that I sponsored 80% of my father's burial. No one stopped me from doing that or asked me not to get involved since I am now married. I could remember one of my brothers even telling me that if I support him instead that he will ensure he squeezes out one room out of many rooms for me in my father's compound. Generally, women have been subjected to maltreatment and prejudice in human history.
Thank you for what you are doing for the womenfolk and I wish you more success stories ahead.

Usha K.C.
Nov 13
Nov 13

hello Amerito,
it's good to hear from you about the women's and girls's situation in your country. happy to now that World Pulse has helped you to be empowered to advocate women's right loudly.
make your voice louder

lizzymark
Nov 13
Nov 13

Yes world pulse has been a great channel of support for many. Thanks for shearing keep on the good work

Hello, brother Amerito,

Thank you for giving us a glimpse of Uganda by uploading a photo. What incredible work you are doing for vulnerable women. Thank you for this dedication!

Anita Shrestha
Nov 14
Nov 14

Dear Brother
Thank you for sharing

kabahenda
Nov 14
Nov 14

Thanks for your efforts.

Tarke Edith
Nov 17
Nov 17

Hi Amerito
How pleasant and wonderfully it is for a man to stand up for a woman ,God is going to bless you bro.
Thanks for the great job keep it up.

Minakshib
Nov 19
Nov 19

Bhut acha apka Kam hay

Minakshib
Nov 19
Nov 19

Thanks