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Uganda: De-Normalizing Sexual Violence

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The town of Iganga, home to about 55,000 people, is seeing a powerful movement to end sexual violence. The name of the ’No More Silence’ campaign illustrates just how stigmatized it is to discuss the topic. Image by Keishi Foecke. Uganda, 2019.
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The #MeToo movement has empowered women across the world to discuss the issue of sexual violence in...

Benjamin Betty (left) and Nakaziba Sumaya are part of the larger female-led movement to end sexual violence in Uganda. Image by Keishi Foecke. Uganda, 2019.
Benjamin Betty (left) and Nakaziba Sumaya are part of the larger female-led movement to end sexual violence in Uganda. Image by Keishi Foecke. Uganda, 2019.

Sex and sexuality are considered taboo in Ugandan society, and sexual violence has become ingrained into culture. Women who have faced sexual violence are rarely believed, and if they decide to fight for justice, they face a long, socially isolating process that often does not end in charges being pressed. Finally, just as the #MeToo movement took over the United States, a powerful movement is underway to start the conversation about the issue of sexual violence in Uganda, beginning with grassroots organizations led by committed, passionate women.

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