GBV THROUGH THE FTF IAM LENS
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is directed at individuals based on their biological sex, gender identity, or perceived adherence to culturally defined expectations of what it means to be a woman, man, girl, and boy. GBV can be experienced from different environments including but not limited to household, workplace, and other supporting institutions. In Agriculture and Market Systems, men and women are prone to sexual, emotional, economical, and physical violence as well as harmful traditional practices that consequently hinders participation, performance and benefit from agriculture and market systems. Aiming to facilitate seamless Agricultural Market Systems, the USAID funded Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity (FtF IAM) is currently piloting the FtF Advancing Women Empowerment project GBV toolkit that has been rolled out to the partners. The activity further, facilitates an inclusive market based intervention that allows for active participation and benefit of all actors (men and women) looking to participate in the market system including, the poor, women, youth, ethnic minorities, and other marginalized groups, who are often excluded or even exploited by the traditional market systems.
TALES OF FtF IAM PARTNERS
- In Karamoja, Uganda we have noticed a continuous trend of economic Gender Based Violence where women are denied access to key agricultural information, financial resources, and technology. This limits women from reaching their full potential in agriculture, yet they are the most of our ag-inputs and supplies agents and customers. Whenever there are misunderstandings about finances, inputs, and marketing at the household level, we are affected as a business. In response to the rampant economic Gender Based Violence issues at household level, Oasis in partnership with the USAID funded Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity, has taken a deliberate effort to sensitize both men and women on the negative consequences of GBV through our instituted farmer and agent group training forums. During these forums, we address GBV issues, share agricultural business opportunities and knowledge on key skills like financial literacy with both men and women. We also work closely with women-led groups like AWACI Farmers Network and Farmer’s Agency for Transformation in Abim district to empower women further. This has enabled more women to access information and participate fully in our activities. Odyek Walter, Project Coordinator
- The 16 days of Activism against GBV are very timely for the Agricultural sector. This is the time of the year with the most financial induced household conflicts where Farmers are harvesting and selling their produce. While women do the ‘donkey work,’ it is the men who earn from the women’s hard work since most women cannot access markets for their agricultural produce without their husband’s consent. There are also incidences where women are forced to hand all their financial gains to their significant other or husbands simply abandon their household financial responsibilities to women. Oasis is working with FtF IAM to change this attitude through implementing an inclusive agriculture-led approach that allows both men and women to equally benefit from competitive and fair agricultural markets. Ayoo Semmy Emily, Project Manager
In Southern Karamoja, Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a major concern. Women have limited control over resources, due to significant barriers to accessing economic opportunities. It is also a very common occurrence for violence to ensue in a household if a woman earns more than the husband. With an increase in women’s decision-making stemming from improved income, conflict becomes inevitable. Ordinarily, financial decisions are made by men without involvement of the women. There is also an existing myth that women can only successfully manage small businesses while men have a greater capacity to manage larger businesses. With support from FtF IAM, Golden Bees Limited’s (GBL) interventions are specifically designed to increase women participation and access to opportunities. Additionally, GBL and FtF IAM are developing behavior change interventions to sensitize the community on GBV.
Carolyn Chemutai, Field Coordinator
Case of Farmer Joana (not real names) – Amudat District
I’m a widow and a Lead-Farmer with one of the Women Beekeepers Group based in Amudat district. When I lost my husband, I was denied access to my family land because I rejected the traditional practice of becoming a wife to my late husband’s brother as it is the norm in my culture.
Similarly, and most recently, after the USAID funded Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity worked with Golden Bees Limited (GBL) to train us on making quality and affordable hives made with readily available local materials, the men in my community denied us prime land citing that beekeeping is for men and not women, forcing us to use unsuitable sites. Thanks to USAID and GBL for sensitizing us on Gender-Based Violence (GBV). We have reported the issue to local leaders who have started engaging the men. Joana (not real name), Beekeeper, Amudat district. #OrangeTheWorld #16DaysOfActivismAgainstGBV