THIS WEEK: Marriage and Divorce Bill could bounce back
Groups of women activists and civil society organisations are quietly lobbying government and MPs to re-table the contentious Marriage and Divorce Bill to scale down on the countless problems arising from marital strife.
Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), Uganda Women Network (UWONET), Action for Development (ACFODE) and of Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) are leading the pack arguing that women are suffering a lot at the hands of violent husbands and a society that remains patriarchal-discriminating against women in various ways.
The CSOs argue that government must enact a law that protects women during and after marriage. Kamwenge Woman MP Dorothy Nshaija Azairwe, a member of UWOPA said that enough consultations were made in the previous parliament and it was time to enact the law.