Archive for May, 2012

Women rights activists from Uganda petition Court.

A group of over 100 activists from 40 women organisations in Uganda Tuesday camped outside the constitutional court, protesting a delay by the court to declare maternal health a constitutional right.

The group, under their umbrella body, the Coalition to end Maternal Mortality, presented a petition to the judiciary spokesperson, Erias Kisawuzi.

A woman carries her baby during a match to the Court. Photo by Arthur Kintu

The activists want the court to declare the absence of essentialmedicines and health supplies for pregnant women in Government health centres a violation of their constitutional rights.

They also want the Government to increase the health budget and ensure supply of essential medicines and equipment to save mothers’ lives.

On March 11, 2011, the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), a local women’s organisation filed a petition over the matter.

Noor Nakibuka, a programme officer at CEHURD said: “We are demanding (more…)

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EKIMEEZA LIFESTYLE] – Humanity’s pursuit for merit is not restricted to the open. Even in utmost privacy, when the matter at hand is entirely the business of a secretive twosome, mankind has always sought to excel and impress.

To many men, performance must impress even if it means applying drugs as dangerous as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Many others have tried hazardous penis enlargement products. It is women, however, that have come up with the most creative and most awesome ways of enhancing their sexual performance.

In some cultures, glitters and jewels are applied down there to boost the area’s attractiveness. In parts of East and Central Africa women invented a sexual stimulus method that the people of Buganda came to know as Okukyalira ensiko.

This tradition of pulling and elongating the parts of the vagina variously known as labia minora, inner labia or inner lips enjoys pervasive reverence in central Uganda. In western Uganda, women of the Bahima clan used to make their labia minora long enough to cover the vaginal opening, raising barricades in the path of rapists. As members of the clan moved to towns and increasingly started wearing clothes following the 1986 change of government, the fear of rape went away with the modification (more…)

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Woman delivers twins, one disappears in Mulago Hospital

The couple with their surviving baby at their home in Kyebando, a Kampala suburb

After nine months of pregnancy, Jenifer Nsimenta looked forward to delivering a healthy bouncing baby.

When the labour pains started, Nsimenta, a resident of Kyebando, was rushed to Mulago Hospital by her husband Michael Mubangizi.

It was not long before she gave birth to twins on March 14. Sadly, the nurse, who was attending to her, pronounced one of the babies dead and asked for a piece of cloth to wrap the body. “Because I was tired,

I gave her the cloth and dosed off,” recalls Nsimenta.

However, at the time (more…)

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Mother of three confronts pains of rape

Dina Namuwala (C) attends a knitting class at Cheshire Services Uganda Resource Centre in Budaka town council. PHOTO by David Mafabi

Dina Namuwala’s wide smile seems to be the source of warmth in her knitting class at Cheshire Services Uganda Resource Centre in Budaka. Her smile makes her easily approachable until one says ‘hello’. Namuwala can neither talk nor hear.

Behind that radiant smile is the pain of a woman who has been repeatedly sexually abused by men both known and unknown to her family. She is a mother of three children, all born out of rape.

Deaf and dump.During the interview, Namuwala indicates that she wants to communicate something, screams as though that would make the words come out, but in vain. Only tears and anger can be seen on her face.

Her teacher of sign language retrains her and tells her to continue taking positive steps towards healing. “Have you ever wondered how it feels when you want to share your problem and you can’t? You have people (more…)

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