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A 'smile' costs nothing but creates so much!

Nazziwa (20 years old)whose hands where cut off by her abusive husband

Being in this world indeed is an experience. I recently visit the Women’s Reception Centre (WRC) in Mubende where we were shocked with stories of women and girls who have been abused. WRC has assisted them with legal aid and protection. During the discussion, (Hon. Ochero Norman) ; the District Chairperson, Abim Local Council remarked ...’ the most difficult person to provide security is a person who has nothing’. This was after listening to stories of women who have persisted the abuse by their husbands simply because they have nothing to fall back to but most importantly, do not know that it is their right to be treated without abuse.

I met a girl (14 years old) who has a baby of 9 months who is in the WRC to seek assistance. I had problems communicating with her but all she said was she did not know where the man who made her pregnant is and she studied only up to Primary school Four. (Picture attached).

Another story is about of Nazziwa whose both hands where cut off by her abusive husband (pictured attached). Naziwwa currently 20 years is living a hopeless life because of this abuse. http://www.actionaid.org/uganda/stories/nazziwas-story.

Yes , if the communities do not know their rights as women, children, men etc, the cases of abuse will continue to go not reported. We need to create awareness by giving information. It is my vision to be able to contribute to creating awareness to the communities around me.

But what drives me is not how big I give but how much I give; Its not how many I reach out to but who I reach out to. There is a famous saying that ' a smile costs nothing but creates so much' So i wish to be the 'smile' that costs not so much but creates so much. I mean by reaching out to women and girls; by providing them the information on their rights , this will change their lives thus creating so much.

Therefore my participation VOF will enable me learn from others (in WorldPulse) and improve my skills in achieving my vision and dream.

Its an opportunity I want to harness.

A 14 year teenager with her 9 months old baby seeking assistance form the WRC in Mubende District

Comments

Sahro's picture

Touching

The picture of the mother without hands and with her baby is so saddening.
It makes me want to ask why on earth someone would want to do that to his own wife.
I have a similar story on my profile; about a 17-year old girl who was burned by with petrol and fire by won husband,
God forbid. We really have a lot of work to do on SBGV issues. Soon. Fast.
Thank you for sharing this story. It will change many lives.

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

ikirimat's picture

Thanks Sahro

Your comment gives me more encouragement to use the platform of Pulsewire to share ideas on the issues affecting women including GBV. I think the underlying issues need to be addressed by all concerned; lack of information on rights, legal frameworks need to be enforced, cultures that undermine women need to be dealt with .... etc.

Thanks to VOF and community of Worldpulse that is offering me more support and encouragement

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Sahro's picture

Naziwwa

How and where is Naziwwa now?
I really feel for this young woman; she cant even cook or clean her baby....
I saw the Action Aid story on Naziwwa on the link you provided ....that man should rot in jail.
he is still in jail right?

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

ikirimat's picture

Nazziwa

Naziwwa is in her fathers home in Mubende district (Mutolongo subcounty). It is a very remote area of the district. This is a recent story. Ssempija was sentenced a few months a go. Actually the legal officer at the Women's Reception center is considering appealing in Court. He is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence.
Even Nazziwa's mother who used to assist her just died about 3 weeks ago.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Stella Paul's picture

Wishing you luck

Thanks for sharing these stores and your vision. I wish you all the luck and really hope that you become a VOF!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Thank you for the continuous encouragement Stella. Pulsewire team is well appreciated as we work to better the women folk.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Akech's picture

Hello Grace, what a touching

Hello Grace, what a touching story!!!

I wish you all the best as you work to front for women's plight in such a great outspoken manner.

Best regards!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

bluepearl2001's picture

Dearest Ikirimat, Be that

Dearest Ikirimat,
Be that smile that creates so much. The world needs women like yourself who have the heart, the energy and the will to make women's lives better. Yours is a healing message. May the world be filled with your healing message.

I have no doubt but that VOF would be a wonderful and enriching opportunity for you. I wish you well in all you do!

Many blessings,
Ann

mrbeckbeck's picture

Thank you Grace

Wow, you have done such a good job here!

I feel that you have touched on something so important. Speaking out and creating awareness goes a long way in creating change. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing you continue to rise here on PulseWire.

Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

ikirimat's picture

Your ecouragement is my courage Scott

You are right Scott. Information is power. Thus the need for everyone/woman to have it to attain positive change. Thanks again.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


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