HISTORIC MEETING BETWEEN WHRDN-U AND UGANDA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2023
A significant gathering took place in Uganda as the Women Human Rights Defenders Network Uganda (WHRDN-U) hosted a meeting with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).
This historic event brought together women defenders from various regions, including Busoga, Bukedi, Karamoja, Rwenzori,, and the Central region, with the aim of fostering collaboration and addressing crucial human rights issues.
The meeting kicked off with Ms. Mariam Wangadya, the Chairperson of UHRC, expressing her enthusiasm about welcoming the women defenders to their new office. She celebrated the resilience of women in defending human rights and emphasized the importance of refusing victimhood. Ms. Wangadya shared her own experiences, highlighting the online attacks she faces, and offered emotional support to those facing similar challenges.
Lenah, the Programs Coordinator of WHRDN-U, introduced the organization’s mission, focusing on advocacy, capacity building, and rapid response services to protect women defenders. Brenda added that the network represents diverse social movements, including parliamentarians, indigenous communities, and land rights activists.
Several women defenders shared their experiences, from fighting against FGM and land rights abuses to advocating for disability rights. They revealed the discrimination, violence, and stigma they face, shedding light on pressing issues that demand attention.
Chairperson Wangadya praised the women’s dedication and resilience, urging them to stand in solidarity. She pledged UHRC’s commitment to collaborate with the women defenders, highlighting their shared goal of advancing human rights. The commission will continue to spotlight the challenges faced by women defenders and investigate violations they endure. Ms. Wangadya shared personal contacts and promised to participate in WHRDs Day celebrations on November 29th, reaffirming the commission’s support and recognition of these courageous women.
This meeting marked a significant step toward unity and collaboration between WHRDN-U and UHRC, demonstrating the power of collective action in Uganda’s fight for human rights.