Marriage bill Uganda

Patricia Lindrio
Posted March 3, 2013 from Uganda
http://allafrica.com/stories/201303011194.html

Just the other day i had a heated debate on Facebook about a bill that is now creating uproar here in Uganda. The church is not happy, Men are not happy but Ive never been happier for a step towards victory for women!

To me this will simply mean,

-Equality for spouses in marriage

  • a plus on inheritance for widows and this automatically means children will suffer less after the demise of a father. ( am not trying to be sexist) but women are often left in the cold to fend for families if they are not married at the time of the death of a spouse because families normally take over the property without putting such widows into consideration.

-As a person who strongly advocates for equality,this bill once made law would also complement the already existing domestic violence act, in a country where over 60% of women have been subjected to domestic physical abuse and over 30% suffered from sexual abuse according to research by the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. The bill I believe therefore intends to protect women and their rights, build stronger families and facilitate peaceful co-existence between women and men.

Women , especially women in Uganda go through a lot especially the rural women because of luck of sensitization of their rights. I pray this bill comes to pass, as we'll see women becoming more empowered and being able to protect themselves. To me the challenge will always be these women actually believing they are entitled, there is a problem of esteem from emotional bullying from spouses that even all the grassroots rights education may not fix. women really need to be empowered now for a stronger tomorrow!

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JaniceW
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

Patsy, this is such exciting news and perhaps if Uganda passes the bill, more African nations will follow. Only when women and men are seen as equals will they, their families and their communities thrive. Keep us posted on the developments of this bill.

Patricia Lindrio
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

yes, am optimistic myself this time , it will set a good precedent. :)

ikirimat
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

I once did a write up on the Bill and you can look at it here http://worldpulse.com/node/49472Thanks

JaniceW
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013

Grace, you wrote a wonderful piece too giving background and context to the situation. It is complex yet you made it very easy to understand. Thank you for sharing this with us all.

ikirimat
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013

Thank you Janice for reading my article. It is my hope too that the Bill is passed.

Patricia Lindrio
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

it was refreshing reading your article. :)

Julie Collura
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

Keep us updated on the bill's progress. And keep fighting for the women of Uganda!

Patricia Lindrio
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013

i will for sure! thanks for loving Uganda! :)

Therese kasindi
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013

Hello Pasty. So wonderful to see that there is a woman who love his country. Let us know the evolution of that, Uganda is a country I love so much. I don't know why, but I love it. Much love!

Rahmana Karuna
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013

Thank you Patsy for informing us of this bill. What action can we all take to facilitate this bill to pass? Rahmana Karuna

Patricia Lindrio
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013

hi Therese and Rahmana thank you.

i will keep you guys posted. There apparently was need to revise and consult more on what the bill would mean if passes. it did not settle well with the church, cultural people and the human rights community wasn't as thrilled as well. All we can do now is hope pray and wait, however this is not the first time this bill has been tabled so we hope for a quicker outcome. ;)