I am made to feel like an outcast in my own state…
16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence(GBV) equals highlighting the 16 reasons why it is taking long to eliminate gender-based violence in Uganda.
Just a mini flashback – this campaign against GBV started in 1991 and we are 30 years into the annual commemoration through our cry continued to remain strong. As a young woman in the next ten years, I hope to see another face of the #16DaysofActivismAgainstGBV other than similar conservation. I hope to have a two weeks moment that will be bringing all violators to book, a fortnight filled with accountability.

Two weeks back I was violated via WhatsApp by a man who almost become my lover. He came into my inbox claiming he got my number from his WhatsApp group(which he could not identify) and wants to offer me -in his own words – ‘’bedroom things’’ Abusing me for not being sexually active and an Acholi after I had turned down the offer. This is just one of the many ‘violent states of living’ for many girls engaging in cyberspace.

Sexual violence, femicide, cyber harassment, violence in menstrual hygiene management, stigma against survivors, denial of resources to marginalized groups among other violations of our fundamental rights as women should be dealt with along the imbalance of power structures of resources and voice.

I live in the city centre of Uganda, Kampala and I move downtown every single week to buy a few fairly priced goods, but the trauma of being catcalled, unnecessarily touched, verbally abused and thrown at comments places me in a spot to disrespect men. I am made to feel like an outcast in my own state and surroundings yet I am a recognized citizen. It’s the same men selling feminine goods verbally violating me over my dress code and body type. We honesty need more women in the marketplace…