On International Women’s Day, NAPE stood with its partners, Womankind, the National Association for Women’s Action in Development and a growing movement of rural women in Uganda who are coming together to document and resist the land grabs that are making way for mining and large scale agriculture.
Our new joint report, Digging Deep: the impact of Uganda’s land rush on women’s rights is launched today, please find it here:
Using feminist participatory research, NAWAD and NAPE trained 35 rural women in research methods, who in turn interviewed over 350 women in five areas affected by oil plants and industrial activity in Uganda. The results are shocking:
- Women report being violently evicted from their homes and land to make way for oil plants and factories;
- Women’s voices are not heard in any negotiations about compensation or resettlement;
- Women have lost their livelihoods – they can no longer grow crops or tend to animals which provided food for their families;
- Women are experiencing sexual and physical violence whilst being evicted, and by men coming to work in the new industrial plants.
The report brings the voices of Ugandan women affected by corporate land grabs to the fore. Their demands are clear:
- Women’s voices must be heard in every stage of decision making on land.
- Corporations need to fulfil their obligations to the human rights of women and local communities.
- Compensation for all lost land must be fair, transparent and equal, and women must be compensated directly.
- All forms of violence against women and girls must stop immediately
Please read and share the report and join the movement.
In solidarity on International Women's Day,