Women In Uganda Take To The Streets To Protest Alarming Numbers Of Kidnappings, Murders And Sexual Assaults
Men and women joined forces to demand change.
The Women's March has reached Uganda.
Activists have grown tired of the increasing number of sexual assaults, kidnappings, and murders against women in the country. On Saturday, June 30, hundreds of women and men took to the streets to protest the lack of concern paid to this issue.
Global Voices reports an estimated 42 women have been assaulted, murdered or kidnapped in and around Uganda's capital Kampala. Authorities have found some of the women in situations were sexual violence occurred.
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What's even more alarming is that several murders have been connected to claims of witchcraft in the country.
With the help of Women’s Protest Working Group (WPWG) and other feminists, the march was a call to action. Activists are demanding women become a priority for police.
"This serves to inform you that the intended demonstration to raise awareness, express displeasure about the spate of killings and kidnap of women/girls cannot be allowed to go on as scheduled," John Nuwagira, the police commissioner, wrote in a letter of support.
And so I March. To remember them, they were not given any justice and no one was held accountable for their gruesome deaths. But I recognize them. I think about them, the families and friends they left behind with no closure, but fear and anger. #WomensMarchUG pic.twitter.com/r3ZQc6zXhW— SHANINE (@sha9ne) June 29, 2018
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