Nulu Nabunya

We’re all fighting for the rights of women and children.”

Nulu Nabunya, lives and works in the slums around Makerere. She is the Executive Director of MAWDA (Makerere Women’s Development Association – one of our two project partners).

Appalled by the high rates of unplanned pregnancies and death among young people, Nulu founded the MAWDA together with four other women in 1991.

MAWDA supports vulnerable women and children in the slums of Makerere – that support ranges from looking after individuals suffering the effects of HIV/AIDS, to training people skills that will help them to support themselves and their families.

MAWDA also supports women with rights-based advocacy and legal aid, especially for victims of domestic violence which is rife – its estimated that well over 70% of Ugandan women over 15 years of age had experienced physical or sexual violence. Half of these women experienced violence at the hands of their husbands or partners. These statistics are well above the average in Africa and worldwide, making Uganda one of the most dangerous place for women and girls.

I’m so happy when I see women who are demanding their rights and changing their lives, when I see somebody who was about to die survives and becomes a beautiful citizen. That is my reward.”

Once people know their rights things can begin to change. It’s quite easy to mobilise people in the community. You inform them about their rights and they act. The real problem is that they don’t know their rights in the first place – but it is my mission to change this – knowledge is power!