Uganda

Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa

Kevin Watkins | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Kevin Watkins

In a taped recording he left to be played in the event of his assassination, Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official, left a message for our times. "All young people," he said, "regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential." Nowhere is the world further from that goal than in Africa.

If You Give a Man a Loan You Feed Him an Incentive

Milton Jones | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Milton Jones

Another month, another comedian goes out to Africa... Thus far I respond to human suffering with my head not heart. I'm a professional and cynical observer of life after all, aren't I? Well I've brought my wife and daughter as human shields - they can shed tears for me. We're escorted by the director of a small charity, and a photographer.

An Opportunity to Celebrate the Achievements of Deafblind People Around the World

James Thornberry | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Being deafblind anywhere in the world is a challenge that requires specialist support. However in the developing world being born without sight or hearing can have a devastating impact on your life...

The Ugandan University Forcing Female Students To Take Random Pregnancy Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A university in Uganda is forcing its female students to take random pregnancy tests, and expelling those who are pregnant. Bishop Barham College i...

Call Me Kuchu: Being Gay in Uganda Means Death by Stoning

Carina Maggar | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Carina Maggar

Every day in Uganda gay people are subjected to all kinds of physical violence; burning and stoning are common acts of discrimination. They believe that homosexuality belongs in the same category as pedophilia, rape, murder and terrorism. In fact, Al-Qaeda is mentioned several times in the film.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

From Hero to Zero: Uganda Fails Its HIV Test, and What We Should Do About It

Gerry Kearns | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gerry Kearns

HIV Prevalence in Uganda, 1990-2012. Source of data. UNAIDS Openness and Success At the turn of this century, Uganda was widely praised for its ...

A Tale of Three Women: The Fight for Gender Equality in Uganda

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

For a woman living in a tiny rural village to speak with such empowerment properly merits the use of the word inspiring. A local male youth once told me that it "cannot be possible" for a man to stay home whilst a woman works and that it is "exactly!" right that a "man is higher than a woman".

Stoning Gays to Death? Life in Prison for Being LGBT? Britain Cannot Stay Silent Any Longer

Dr Purna Sen | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Purna Sen

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in London this week as the honoured guest of the Commonwealth Business Council. Yet just 10 weeks ago President Museveni made it punishable by life imprisonment to be a lesbian or gay man in his country. Anybody daring even to speak up for the rights of LGBT citizens can now go to jail for seven years.

Jessica Elgot

Minister Met Ugandan President On The Same Day Two Gay Ugandans Faced Life In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

The government has been criticised for hosting the president of Uganda at a prestigious business forum, on the same day two Ugandan men face life-impr...

From UK To Uganda: Youth Exchange With Benefits

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

As Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, youth groups which can educate people about issues such as sexual health and professional development couldn't be more relevant. In 2012 78% of the Ugandan population were below 30 years of age...

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...

South Africa's President "Respects" Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa stated on Tuesday he respects Uganda's right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country.

Monster 1 Tonne Crocodile Which Killed Four Men Caught In Uganda (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

A one tonne crocodile believed to have eaten four people and maimed a handful of others has been captured by wildlife officials. The whopping rept...

The GM Stalemate: A Farmer's Perspective

Guy Watson | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

n Uganda, where 30% of calories are consumed as bananas, a GM, wilt resistant banana has been widely promoted as an example of how GM could feed the world. Yet during a recent visit, farmers I spoke to said the GM bananas were inedible...

EDL Marchers and Strange Irrational Rituals

Will Black | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The English Defence League march in Peterborough on Saturday was not the first I've witnessed. In fact, it was tediously familiar. Drunken louts ranting incoherently about how they would like 'their country' to be, while multicultural England looks on - or avoids them - have become a regular spectacle in England.

Never Has the Phrase 'Adapt or Die' Been So Apt

Ben Price | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

The world over, we are seeing ever more cases of extreme weather, from the recent floods in the UK to wild fires in Australia. With each incident comes the familiar assurances that - this time - the necessary action will be taken to make sure there is no repeat. The reality is we have no choice, as every country faces the fact that climate change - and its impact on the weather - is no longer a distant prediction, but a daily reality. And for the poorest people on the planet, the need to change is not just a matter of saving money, but saving lives.

Could African Farmers Teach Us How to Stop the UK Floods Returning?

Guy Watson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

LGBT Rights and Peace: Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Phil Vernon | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

While it is clearly important for peacebuilders to pay more attention to the marginalisation and repression of LGBT people, it's not always so obvious how we should do so...

The Anti-Gay Law: Uganda's Shame

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Anna Bacciarelli

At the start of this week Uganda's President heralded a new low for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country by passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill...

Anti-Gay Laws Imperil Their Countries' Health, Too

Gus Cairns | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Gus Cairns

Four years ago it was proven that if you give people HIV drugs and they take them, their chance of infecting someone else falls by at least 96%. It's stupid to drive into hiding the people you may need to treat to continue your fight against AIDS.

Ethiopian Minister's Twitter Account Deleted After Slamming Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Ethiopia's Minister of Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs official Twitter account has been deleted on Tuesday night, after she slammed Uganda for passing it's anti-gay law.

'Witch Hunt' Fears As Ugandan Tabloid Outs 'Top 200 Homos' A Day After Homosexuality Is Criminalised

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

A Ugandan tabloid has published what it is terming a list of the “200 top homos” just a day after the country’s president signed into law a bill...

Ethiopian Minister Slams Uganda for Passing Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Zenebu Tadesse, Ethiopia's Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs has taken to twitter criticizing the passing of Uganda's anti-gay law, on Monday. Tadesse tweeted: "There is no place for hate, discrimination in my beloved Africa. It's not Governments' business to make dress code or anti-gay laws #Uganda."