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.