Thursday, November 19, 2009

Uganda: Rights of Widows

From AllAfrica:
With northern Uganda at relative peace following years of war wreaked by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, activists are now worried about rising outbreaks of domestic violence.

"The situation is worrying and a majority of the cases are violence on women over land disputes," Sarah Apio, the Gulu legal officer of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Uganda, FIDA-Uganda, said recently.

She said most of the cases began with women being evicted from their husband's land after the husband had died, "Relatives want to strip these widows of everything despite them having children.

"Most of the widows have no income and they rely on agricultural activities for survival, yet they are being thrown off the land.

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