Introducing Myself

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Posted September 17, 2015 from Uganda

My name is Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi, a practing lawyer and farmer in Uganda. I am a very passionate human rights activist who believes that peoples human rights should be upheld and protected. I have represented many vulnerable and marginalized people in the courts of law. I have also held trainings advocating for awarenes amongst the community members.

At the begining of last year me and my husband together with my siblings deciided to enter into the agricultiral sector becasue we wanted to ensure that our families have a secure source of food and also to boost our household incomes. AS a result i realsied that in the areas where we are doing our farming many women are subjected to gender based violence and many of these communities suffer from poverty yet they have so much land which they prefer to sell or lease to sugar cane factories.

I realised that the men in these communities sell the land and dont leave a portion of the land for the family to cultivate and survive on. After several discussions with the local council members we have decided to have trainings where we can train the women into forming a group where they can lease land and engage into commerical farming.

While doing my resreach on the internet i found out that there is a big market for certain agricultural products in Europe but becasue many of us are not exposed to this infomration, the exporters and middle take advantage of the peasant farmer who has no access to informatin regarding prices on the market.

I want to ocntinue my didgital empowerment jourey with world pulse becasue i will represent the voices of the women who are engaged in farming and whose rights are being violated by the middle men. As a result of didgital media i have been able to network with various organisations in Uganda that have come up with applications that you can download on your phone and acccess the market prices. This is big step in the agricultural sector becasue now farmers can access the market prices on their phone and soon the middle men will be kicked out of the market chain.

My goal for joining this group is to learn how women are being economically empowered in other countries and sharing my experiences. I beleive as a group we can find solutions to the problems that women face in our various countries. I know by sharing our success stories and challenges a lesson is being learnt and people will never be left the same again.

I am interested in addressing the issue of the way these women think. Their mind set is mainly " we cant". I beleive i postivisim and even if i have failed, i know that eventually i will succeed. It is that positivism that i want women to have. The confidence that no bad situation is menat to last forever.

I also want to address the issue of women economic empowerment becasue i believe that if a woman is economically empowered she can plan the future of her family. Most men in the african setting once they have more money they marry more wives hence bringing more problems to the family.

I would love to know from members in this group how they have managed to change the mind set of women in their various countries. I know it doesnot happen over night and that it has to be a series of events. At the moment the women am dealing with are in a remote rural area and many of them have never been to the city. So even when i try to talk to them they feel already intimidated. I have gained the confidence of a few women in the local council and am still working towards the other women but it is a very big challenge.

I look forward to hearing more of your stories and sharing ideas with the members of this group about economic empowerment.

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Lisa Anderson
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Dear Anita,

Thank you so much for sharing your story and bringing light to some of the impediments women face in the agricultural sector in attaining economic empowerment. You are so right that positivity and confidence can carry us far! That must be a delicate balance working with women from such remote areas who feel intimidated, but it's sounds like you are suh a strong, kind-hearted advocate and resource. Keep up the great work!

Warm regards,

Lisa

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Thanks Lisa. It's not easy but we shall surely get there. Am so blessed to have friends on this platform who support and encourage what we do. Stay blessed and will keep you posted on our progress

Gladys Shumbambiri
Oct 02, 2015
Oct 02, 2015

It is good to meet you Annita and learn a lot from what you are doing.As women in the global village it is true that confidence is a key element and as women confidecnce will take us far.Thank you for sharing this with us and expect more and more as we learn on this platform.

Regards,

Gladys Shumbambiri

World Pulse Economic Empowerment Group, Community Champion

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Thank you Gladys and yes we are truly learning from one another. The future is very bright and we embrace our blessings ahead to come. Thank you and stay blessed my dear sister

bitani
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Dear Anita,

It's a great pleasure to have you with us at World Pulse and at the economic empowerment group.

Looking forward to share our experiences,

Bayan

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Thank you Bitani. Am sure we shall learn from our experiences. Thanks for the encouragement.

Obisakin Busayo
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Dear Anita

We are so happy to have you in WorldPulse and  Economic empowerment group Anita. You are doing a great job already with those women by making them to see that they should form a group to support and fight for their right. Definitely your women need the human agency empowerment as well as well as economic empowerment. It will be my pleasure to share a few things with you in helping these women to have a vision for their lives. Until they do that they may not see themselves as been able to take a step towards freedom from their oppressor. Thank you so much for joining worldpulse, you are in the right place to thrive in helping your women. keep exploring the WorldPulse community, read journals of other women here , I am sure you will be able to gather things that will help you in assisting these women to become empowered and see themselves as somebody that can be liberated.

Once again welcome!

Warmest Love

Busayo

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 16, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Thank you my sister. I know I will learn a lot from the sisters on this platform. Can't wait to brainstorm with you on a few issues as you have suggested. Stay blessed and I will surely be in touch.