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The Mifumi project was started in 1994. It is an international non-government women’s rights organization based in Uganda. Mifumi aims to empower women so that they can rise above many of the cultural traditions which leave them open to violence and other forms of abuse. Traditions such as child marriage, polygamy and bride price, the practice of the groom paying cows or money for his bride to her parents.  Bride price equates women as property, making the woman less equal in the marriage and unable to leave a bad relationship unless she refunds the price that was paid for her.

 

 

 

A 1999 UNICEF survey (State of World Children, 2000) found that Uganda has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world.

 

 

 

A 2008 UNICEF report found that 77% of women aged 15 to 49 years, felt that spousal violence is justified for a variety of reasons, such as if the woman burns food or refuses intimate relations.

 

 

 

Children who witness domestic violence experience depression and psychological distress and are more likely than other children to be physically violent.

 

 

 

The Mifumi Project provides education, health-care, micro-enterprises and domestic violence advocacy.

 

 

 

 

How the Mifumi Project started

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If you would like further information about the Mifumi Project, please visit their website: www.mifumi.org