In Uganda, women were looked at as a curse and it was a taboo for parents to have a girl child. The girl child was denied education and always kept behind doors, forced into marriage at a tender age to older polygamous men. They were forced into slavery, raped and violence was and still rampant. The predominance of the system of patriarchy across Africa has meant that women are still perceived and treated as subordinates to men. Married women were supposed to depend on men and viewed as one of their possessions.
Economically, Uganda is poverty stricken and this has led to the violation of women. Violation against women is accepted as the cultural norm in many societies and is often condoned by community and sometimes state leaders. Men have dominated the judicial system and has not helped much.
Poverty has lowered girls into prostitution, early marriages, denied education and teen pregnancies.
According to UNESCO report, school dropout rates are as high as 70% throughout Sub- Saharan Africa, basically due to lack of scholastic materials, pads, panties, early marriages etc.
Women are denied justice in some courts due to stigmatisation. There are civil wars where women are targets for example Aboke girls in Northern Uganda and recent attacks on young girls in Nigeria etc.
Socially, women were not supposed to engage in any social gathering claiming they don’t have brains for doing greater things. In churches and political circles, women to this day are still looked at as incapable of leadership or ministry.
Unbecoming cultural beliefs for example Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among the Sabiny, more than 125 million girls and women alive today are victims of Female Genital Mutilation in 29 countries of Africa.
It is against this background that Pastor Ruth founded this Women Ministry to take care of the girls and to empower women in Uganda.