Calling on the Sisters! (Please sign this petition)

Rebecca R
Posted October 19, 2013 from Uganda

Hi,

I have been immersed in a kaleidoscope of emotions. Sometimes I cry and get depressed for a day. Other times I am full of energy and find all these activist ideas. Many times, I feel like this is a hopeless battle that ends with "Rebecca 0 Misogyny 1" on the scoreboard.

The Issue: Rape advocacy by a Youth Minister in Uganda

The Mission: His resignation and the country's realization of accountability as well as the seriousness of rape as an issue we must deal with, on all levels.

To give you all the background;

Uganda's Youth Minister of State Ronald Kibuule was on September 24th reported in the media to have said at a gathering that if a woman was dressed "indecently" (he counted jeans, miniskirts, etc as "indecent dressing"), her intention was to get raped. He said that the victim was to blame. He also said that he had talked to the Police Chief and asked him to ask about dresscode every time a rape case was reported, and release the perpetrator because they were not at fault.

This is worrying on so many levels. But also, I would like you all to know that his office actually falls under the Ministry of Gender. We have not heard from the Ministry or the Police, on the issue. And the Parliament dismissed public outrage, saying that the Minister was expressing personal opinion and there is nothing to be said for that.

There is a recording of him saying this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_3ppFuZ8KE And he has not apologized. he simply said that the media was hypersensationalising everything. (they weren't).

We want him to apologise, and resign. We also want the Ministry of Gender and the Uganda Police Force to issue statements stating exactly what their stance is on rape cases.

Please sign our petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/rebecca-kadaga-speaker-of-the-ugan... and add your voice to ours.

If you are in Uganda, please send me an inbox with your contact details. We are also putting together a video of different people expressing their opinions on this, which we expect to hand in alongside the petition.

Let's not let this die down.

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Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 20, 2013

. . . as one who advocates for women, for kindness for enlightened thinking and for justice!]

With Support, Sarah
Rebecca R
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 20, 2013

Thank you, Sarah.

I love how you've articulated it. "...for kindness, for enlightened thinking, for justice."

Zoe
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013

Hey you,

It looks like we are making movement to put Rebecca at 1... I signed and passed along. We will get your signatures!!!!!

SanPatagonia
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013

It's really incredible how this kind of expressions have rised into the public eye during this year. I think they've been tamed for a while, ever since debate about women's rights has become more and more public, and now they're finding their way back to public speech and -even worse- public policy. Along this 2013 I've read once and over this kind of expressions and it's really worrying - not only was movement not really forwards, but these people were still thinking in the very same way. After all the public debate, we haven't moved their minds an inch!

Sherry L
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013

I will share it with Hadija and Amal. Do take good care. These issues are challenging. Last week, Catherine Place hosted a luncheon featuring Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of The Trauma Stewardship Institute. www.traumastewardship.com. She has a book titled Trauma Stewardship: Every Day Caring for Self While Caring for Others. She's recognized as a pioneer in the field of cumulative trauma. Most helpful for advocates, activists and journalists. Sherry

anab87j9
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013

Statements and actions like this should not be tolerated, and when they come from people in power it does women a disservice. They should not hold positions of power when they discriminate against women in such a hideous manner. We must act against this type of mentality everywhere!

More power to you, and keep fighting!

Much love,

Anab