Gender and Extractives

Oil money spoils Hoima husbands

 

Written by JOHN KIBEGO

The Observer

A week ago, at the entrance to Kolping hotel in Hoima municipality, two despondent-looking women, with children on their backs, pitched camp waiting to be let into a women emancipation workshop organized by Global Rights Alert.

Once inside the conference, the two narrated heart-rending stories about how their husbands excluded them from sharing the spoils of the compensation by oil companies that have displaced people in western Uganda to secure land for the construction of a refinery.

Sexual exploitation threatens women involvement in mining

Sexual harassment of women and girls in the mines is threatening their livelihoods. More unemployed women and girls flock the mines to earn a living from the peripherals of the main mining activities especially in the gold mines of Mubende, Namayingo, Buhweju and Karamoja.

Sylvia Nakirunda a GRA community monitor in Mubende district says the high unemployment of girls in the gold mines in Mubende has prompted men to take advantage of their vulnerability to lure them into sex.