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Women with Disabilities in Acholi Decry Abuse and Discrimination :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Women with Disabilities in Acholi Decry Abuse and Discrimination

Some of the women with physical disabilities note that they are deprived of basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. They also cited abuse by their spouses who impregnate them and disappear leaving them to languish.
Iris Oyella during an interview with Uganda Radio Network recently at her home - Photo by Simon Wokorach

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Women and girls with disabilities in Acholi have decried the frequent abuse, violence and discrimination meted against them.

Some of the women with physical disabilities note that they are deprived of basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. They also cited abuse by their spouses who impregnate them and disappear leaving them to languish.

Iris Oyella, a mother with physical disability and resident of Katikati Ward, Alokolum Parish in Gulu City West Division says her husband impregnated her and disappeared, leaving her to struggle with the children. For the last nine years, Oyella has survived on the support from well-wishers.

Nighty Ajok, another victim, says her in-laws separated her with husband on account that she is physically disabled. She disclosed that the family belittled her saying she adds no value apart from burdening them.

Irene Laker, a Board Member of Gulu Union of Persons with Disabilities says their office receives and handles at least two cases of neglect; abandonment, land conflict, sexual abuses and violence against women or girls living with disabilities.

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Pat Robert Larubi, a rights activist explained that violence orchestrated against persons with disabilities is due to ignorance. He implores line organizations and urged families to create community awareness campaigns to reduce the vice.

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Women with disabilities are also vulnerable to contracting the deadly HIV/AIDs scourge because of poverty, difficulty in negotiating safe sex, lack of accessible information, and susceptibility to violence and rape. They also find it difficult to reach police stations, health centers which are usually distanced away.

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema says between March and October this year, Aswa River Region recorded a total of 1,189 cases of domestic violence. Of those cases, 473 and 711 involved children and the elderly persons respectively.

The theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is to “Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights”. This chosen theme is in light of the global Covid pandemic. It focuses on creating equal opportunities for everyone and addressing the failures and disappointments due to Covid -19.

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10 since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, the first global document which outlined human rights.