The Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported that 68% of married women aged 15 to 49 had experienced some form of domestic violence. This is common in Uganda but what is shocking to hear is that in many traditional Ugandan communities, women believe “the harder my husband beats me, the more he loves me”.
Due to long standing cultural practices, some people believe if a woman does not consent to sexual intercourse with her partner then he may use force to extract consent. This is a major cause of the spread of HIV. Other reasons deemed acceptable for abuse in some traditional cultural views include child neglect and going out without permission. Due to these cultural beliefs, many police officers even believe that it is a man’s right to use violence against his wife. Therefore, even when women do report domestic violence, often, it is not investigated. What is surprising is that a higher percentage of women than of men deem domestic violence acceptable. This is brought about by the fact that women do not know their rights.
Children rights and their protection.
One of the most common reasons we hear from children on the streets as to why they left home is abuse, both physical, sexual, lack of basic needs, parental loss to mention but a few. In most cases, this abuse comes from a step parent who no longer wants their partner’s previous children around. It is a sad fact that children who run to the street to escape abuse, often continue to be abused whilst on the street by other children or community members. It is at this point that they become vulnerable and need to be protected and provided for.
THE HAF_UG Approach.
“We recognize that domestic violence comes in many forms; not just the physical, but also emotional, psychological and sexual; and that it can be suffered by any member of society. One of the main objectives of our organisation at www.hinduashafoundation.org is to promote children’s rights and fight domestic violence in families and communities and provide victims of domestic violence with practical advice on how to find courage to deal with their situation, and move on from emotionally abusive relationships.” We work to change the perception that violence is acceptable through our projects such as;
BE A VOICE- INSPIRE HOPE: It aims at supporting and encouraging individuals to talk about domestic violence.
- We identify public figures and celebrities that have a following in respective regions and make them ambassadors against domestic violence in their regions that they speak up against domestic/gender based violence.
- We record and publish music projects with accurate content against violence so as to generally sensitize the public, men and women, the old and young about how bad violence is, including its dangers if it occurs in a home/society.
- Through theater, we stage plays in communities and schools about violence and its negative impacts to society, homes and families.
- We work on community development projects that empower a woman economically to be stay relevant in a household and are able to provide self own needs, to love, care and attend to children as they deserve.
- We provide victims of domestic violence with practical advice on how to find courage to deal with their situation, and move on from emotionally abusive relationships.”and support the abused/vulnerable child with rehabilitation, basic needs and education.
You can support us in this venture by partnering with us and fundraising for Hindu Asha Foundation Uganda (HAF_UG) or by sponsoring a child.