Women’s rights

2015 December

Caught between health care and (the worst parts of) religion

2017-07-18T01:43:07-04:00December 12th, 2015|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The New Vision - Saturday, December 12, 2015) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ She questioned if having the surgery was “God’s will,” but the truth is that she was afraid and misguided and besides her own safety, she was leaving her unborn child’s life to hang dangerously in the balance.

2014 August

Universities should help pregnant students

2015-01-13T10:32:22-04:00August 16th, 2014|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ You’ve worked hard for this your whole life, this, your university career, your education and future, your dreams of a better life. Then it happened. You made a mistake. Now you’re pregnant. You’re pregnant while at a religious university. You know what happens next. You get thrown out. Everything will be gone. Your hard-earned tuition and your honour and your hope for tomorrow too, all lost. So you got that abortion.

2014 March

After Women’s Day, men … wake up!

2014-03-10T19:18:35-04:00March 8th, 2014|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

(The New Vision - Saturday, March 8, 2014) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It’s International Women’s Day and we’re all happy to celebrate women in Uganda and around the world, but the truth of the matter is that it’s the men who need to come to terms with who they are and why they’re around, or it’s all for nothing. This is the strangeness of this big yearly celebration. Women’s Day largely revolves around the hard times women face because their men are so hopeless. Plenty of husbands and fathers don’t pull their weight and don’t understand or care how desperately their families need them. Now I am not about to beat-up myself or my brothers everywhere because I have nothing better to do. The Daughters of Eve are just as fallen as the Sons of Adam. But have an honest look into the homes of Uganda. I’m imagining you see what I see. It’s a bloody mess.

2012 December

Once, there was a poor, young girl …

2018-07-22T21:03:18-04:00December 15th, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Once there was a little Ugandan girl who loved school. The girl, who had been an orphan when she was younger, loved learning new things and making new friends and pretty well everything about it, especially the stories. Maybe she loved school all the more because of her years as an orphan, which started in a hospital in Mbarara, in western Uganda, where she was left abandoned when she was barely larger than a cat. There she was given all she ever owned, her name, Hannah.

2012 December

Say ‘Yes’ to inspiring others

2013-02-14T08:08:22-04:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We know little about them, these grandparents—if they came to babysit on Friday nights or if they maybe played checkers with the curly-haired, laughing boy while he grew in wisdom and stature.

2007 December

Maternal health must top agendas

2012-12-13T13:26:08-04:00December 22nd, 2007|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦A pregnant woman here in Uganda’s capital was recently beheaded by her husband. Maurine Ampire, 38, was a mother getting close to delivering number six. It’s one picture of life here, and a comparable image to the lack of voice that pregnant women have worldwide. No voice. No choice. Just death, and often violently.