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Tired of murders targeting women, Ugandans take to the streets in peaceful protest


Tired of murders targeting women, Ugandans take to the streets in peaceful protest Photo Credit: Karumba Badru via Global Voices Tired of murders targeting women, Ugandans take to the streets in peaceful protest Sub-Saharan Africa Source: Global Voices Date of Publication: July 1, 2018 Since 2015, at least 42 Ugandan women have been kidnapped, maimed and murdered in and around Uganda's capital Kampala, half of them in a space of only three months in 2017. Some of their bodies were found with brutal signs of sexual violence. The string of murders, all bearing gruesome similar details, has horrified the country. The motivation behind them remains unclear, but witchcraft is a popular theory. Authorities are yet to charge a single suspect. Tired of living in fear, the women of Uganda felt they had to do something. On June 30, 2018, the Women’s Protest Working Group (WPWG), with the support of feminists from other countries, staged a peaceful demonstration in the capital city of Kampala to protest against the rampant kidnapping and murders targeting women in Uganda. At the march, which Global Voices attended, WPWG leader Dr. Stella Nyanzi told the crowd that the women are pursuing key interventions such as justice for the families of those murdered and also to push for action on violence against women. Fellow activist Patricia Twasiima then read out the names of the 42 murdered women. Read Full Article TAGS: DEMONSTRATIONS/MARCHESSTRUGGLES FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTSPARTICIPANT TYPE: WOMEN


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