Gender academician’s take on Violence against women in recent Kampala riots

Aramanzan N. Madanda is a lecturer at the Department of Gender and Women studies at Makerere University. This is how he responded to my article on Violence against women manifested in Kampala riots.

I have read your blog  and what I can say is that what happened in the Kampala streets regarding attacking women is a manifestation of the broader problem of violence against women (VAW). Almost any study of VAW in Uganda reports about 60%  prevalence. What this translates to is that out of every 10 women 6 have experienced VAW is some form. This violence comes from mostly intimate partners like husband or boyfriend, but it can be from security agencies or the general public.

The justifications for VAW are usually embedded in the whole conceptualisation of women’s sexuality where in many cases females are objectified as instruments of sexual pleasure or even sexual humiliation. So the comment like “she was undressed because she is beautiful” – as if beauty is concealed somewhere in the under garments are some of the manifestations. When a woman is raped, some people begin by asking if she was “properly” dressed as if it is in order to rape anyone even if she was naked!! When a woman is beaten it is taken as disciplining and a show of love!! So whenever there is any chaos (riot, war, skirmish, etc), some people take advantage and vent their sexual and other egos on women in many forms.

One thought on “Gender academician’s take on Violence against women in recent Kampala riots

  1. Pse be informed that there were numerous female rioters in certain parts of the city like, natete, kalerwe, nsooba. these rioters were much more harsh to fellow women than they were to men and if they had the biological aparatus, they could have used it. can the academician really say that this is also an indication of a wider problem?
    issues that are tribal in nature usually take that form irrespective of ones gender.

    In Uganda we know that it is biologically hard for a woman to rape a man because they have no apparatus but in places like south Africa, men are drugged and gang raped by women.

    what the academician should concede is that the greatest form of humiliation is by rape and as long as the cultural diehards condon humiliation, then these youg boys will do it.
    we should therefor deal with those who incited as we also deal with those who did it.

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