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Kampala: In October 2022, the Great League of Women in Uganda, a nonprofit entity working to bring an end to economic violence against women launched the “Let me Glow” Campaign with finding from the Urgent Action Fund to launch public and media sensitization campaigns, conduct a nation-wide research on economic injustices on women, run networking and advocacy campaigns and also draft policy guidelines and recommendations in a bid to bring an end to economic injustices against women in Uganda.
Economic violence is any act or behavior which causes economic harm to an individual. Economic violence
can take the form of, for example, property damage, restricting access to financial resources, education
or the labour market, or not complying with economic responsibilities, such as alimony. There are many
types of economic violence against women. Tactics such as intervention at work, preventing the spouse
from working outside of the home or the community, harassing or disturbing the spouse in her workplace, preventing or limiting education, regulating access to money or refusing access to financial information, stopping or restricting funds necessary for needs such as food and clothing, stealing money from spouse, refusing to work and the creating debt on the part of the woman, dominating family economy by making unilateral decisions, ruining the credit note of woman on purpose are economic violence. Behaviors such as taking jewelry given to woman at the wedding ceremony and asking for bride price and dowry are also considered as economic violence.
These strategies are used by men to maintain economic control and assert their dominance in the domestic environment, putting women in secondary positions. These tactics may include harming victims’ economic self-sufficiency and self-efficiency. Unfortunately, economic violence results in deepening poverty and compromises educational attainment and developmental opportunities for women.
Results of the research conducted with over 1,000 respondents indicate that at least 9 out of 10 women
reported to have undergone at least one form of economic violence in the past month. Over a period of
1 year, many reported to faced over a dozen forms of economic violence. Unfortunately, however, only 1
out of 10 of the women surveyed had taken any measures individually to bring an end to this injustice. No collective action had been taken according to the survey respondents. With the above factors in mind, the “Let me Glow” campaign that shall enlighten women about their economic rights and also work to collaboratively guide policy guidelines and implementation in Uganda while networking with relevant authorities comes at an opportune time. Ending acts of economic violence against women becomes more imperative as limited and disputes over financial resources is often the root cause of other forms of violence against women.
For more information about this project, visit www.glowwomen.org
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