Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Uganda: Empowering Women

From Frances Emorut @ New Vision Online:
OVER 600 women in Hoima district were on Friday sensitised on marriage and property laws to make them aware of their rights.This follows complaints by the resident district commissioner, Martha Asiimwe, and the district chairman, George Tinka Bagoonza, that many women flocked their offices complaining of husbands abandoning them.

“Most of the complaints brought in my office are about marriage and property. Some women complained that their husbands abandoned them and ran to Kampala,” Bagoonza said.

He was addressing women at Holping Hotel in Hoima district during a sensitisation workshop organised by the Uganda association of women lawyers.

Rhonah Babweteera, a lawyer, told the women that they had a right to share property equally in case the marriage was dissolved.

She advised women not to allow relatives to grab property when their husbands die, saying the property belonged to them and their children.

Asiimwe commended the association for the help they rendered to the Hoima women.

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