Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), women’s rights charity Womankind Worldwide has launched a new appeal to support a movement of women in rural Uganda who are resisting the land grab.
Women and their families in rural Uganda are being violently evicted from their homes to make way for oil plants and big factories. Currently 300,000 rural women in Northern and Western Uganda have been evicted from their homes, or are facing eviction, and up to a million women are expected to be affected in the next six years.
The ‘Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods’ appeal will raise funds to support women who have been forcibly evicted to fight for compensation, rebuild their livelihoods, and have a stronger voice in decisions that directly affect their land, their community and their lives. As a UK Aid Match appeal, all donations will be matched by the UK government.
*Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt says: “Womankind Worldwide and UK Aid are giving marginalised women across Uganda the chance to rebuild their livelihoods, understand their rights and determine their own futures.”
*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.